Kevin Coates: A Year of Rings

May 17, 2015 – September 30, 2015


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Kevin Coates
I Tempus Fugit

18K gold with patination, Ethiopian opal, silver


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Kevin Coates
II Meteorite

18K gold with patination, Sikhote-Alin iron meteorite (regmaglypt), brown diamond


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Kevin Coates
III Shade of Orpheus

18K gold with patination, Ethipian ‘harlequin’ opal


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Kevin Coates
IV Agape

18K gold with patination, sunstone


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Kevin Coates
V Festina Lente

18K gold with patination, Ethiopian opal, rubies


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Kevin Coates
VI Dioscuri

18K gold, Thracian stater silver coin 400-350 BC


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Kevin Coates
VII Rosicrucia

18K gold with patination, rose-cut ruby (filled and foiled)


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Kevin Coates
VIII The Spider and the Fly

18K gold with patination, Ethiopian opal (slate back), Dominican amber with inclusion


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Kevin Coates
IX The Octopus and the Crab (“…probably her lunch”)

18K gold with patination, baroque pearl, moonstones, fire agate


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Kevin Coates
X The Serpent’s Tooth

18K gold with patination, Ethiopian opal, ruby, fossilised shark-tooth (Palaeozoic)


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Kevin Coates
XI A Ring for Sarastro (Mozart Series)

20K and 18K gold, white mother-of-pearl, abalone shell


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Kevin Coates
XII Nocturne

18K gold with patination, carved Australian water opal (slate back), Ethiopian opal, tsavorite garnets


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Ring Boxes from “A Year of Rings” Collection

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    Kevin Coates
    I Tempus Fugit

    18K gold with patination, Ethiopian opal, silver

    30mm h x 25mm x 36.5mm. Size 7 1/2.

    Photo: Clarissa Bruce

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    Kevin Coates
    II Meteorite

    18K gold with patination, Sikhote-Alin iron meteorite (regmaglypt), brown diamond

    39.5mm l x 21mm w. Size 7.

    Photo: Clarissa Bruce

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    Kevin Coates
    III Shade of Orpheus

    18K gold with patination, Ethipian 'harlequin' opal

    34mm h x 26mm w. Size 7 1/2.

    Photo: Clarissa Bruce

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    Kevin Coates
    IV Agape

    18K gold with patination, sunstone

    23mm h x 26mm w. Size 6 1/2.

    Photo: Clarissa Bruce

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    Kevin Coates
    V Festina Lente

    18K gold with patination, Ethiopian opal, rubies

    30mm h x 25.5mm w. Size 6 - 6 1/2.

    Photo: Clarissa Bruce

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    Kevin Coates
    VI Dioscuri

    18K gold, Thracian stater silver coin 400-350 BC

    32.5mm h x 30mm w. Size 10 1/2.

    Photo: Clarissa Bruce

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    Kevin Coates
    VII Rosicrucia

    18K gold with patination, rose-cut ruby (filled and foiled)

    29mm h x 33mm w. Size 7 1/2.

    Photo: Clarissa Bruce

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    Kevin Coates
    VIII The Spider and the Fly

    18K gold with patination, Ethiopian opal (slate back), Dominican amber with inclusion

    28mm h x 30.5mm w. Size 7 - 7 1/2.

    Photo: Clarissa Bruce

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    Kevin Coates
    IX The Octopus and the Crab ("...probably her lunch")

    18K gold with patination, baroque pearl, moonstones, fire agate

    34mm h x 27.5mm w. Size 7.

    Photo: Clarissa Bruce

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    Kevin Coates
    X The Serpent's Tooth

    18K gold with patination, Ethiopian opal, ruby, fossilised shark-tooth (Palaeozoic)

    28mm h x 28mm w. Size 7 1/2.

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    Kevin Coates
    XI A Ring for Sarastro (Mozart Series)

    20K and 18K gold, white mother-of-pearl, abalone shell

    26.5mm h x 27mm w. Size 8.

    Photo: Clarissa Bruce

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    Kevin Coates
    XII Nocturne

    18K gold with patination, carved Australian water opal (slate back), Ethiopian opal, tsavorite garnets

    45mm h x 33.5mm w. Size 7 1/2 - 8.

    Photo: Clarissa Bruce

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    Kevin Coates
    Ring Boxes from "A Year of Rings" Collection

    Photo: Clarissa Bruce

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Kevin Coates
I Tempus Fugit

18K gold with patination, Ethiopian opal, silver


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Kevin Coates
II Meteorite

18K gold with patination, Sikhote-Alin iron meteorite (regmaglypt), brown diamond


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Kevin Coates
III Shade of Orpheus

18K gold with patination, Ethipian ‘harlequin’ opal


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Kevin Coates
IV Agape

18K gold with patination, sunstone


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Kevin Coates
V Festina Lente

18K gold with patination, Ethiopian opal, rubies


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Kevin Coates
VI Dioscuri

18K gold, Thracian stater silver coin 400-350 BC


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Kevin Coates
VII Rosicrucia

18K gold with patination, rose-cut ruby (filled and foiled)


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Kevin Coates
VIII The Spider and the Fly

18K gold with patination, Ethiopian opal (slate back), Dominican amber with inclusion


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Kevin Coates
IX The Octopus and the Crab (“…probably her lunch”)

18K gold with patination, baroque pearl, moonstones, fire agate


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Kevin Coates
X The Serpent’s Tooth

18K gold with patination, Ethiopian opal, ruby, fossilised shark-tooth (Palaeozoic)


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Kevin Coates
XI A Ring for Sarastro (Mozart Series)

20K and 18K gold, white mother-of-pearl, abalone shell


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Kevin Coates
XII Nocturne

18K gold with patination, carved Australian water opal (slate back), Ethiopian opal, tsavorite garnets


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Kevin Coates
Ring Boxes from “A Year of Rings” Collection


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COMING THIS SUMMER:

Kevin Coates: A Year of Rings

Catalogue by Mobilia Gallery

with a brief essay about each ring by Kevin Coates

This little exhibition started with a promise, shamefully late in its fulfilment – a promise made to the Coopers at the end of my period as Associate Artist to the Wallace Collection in London, with its culmination in the major show Time Regained (2011). Since that time, a further large project, A Bestiary of Jewels (2014) had absorbed all of my energies until it began its UK tour with a launch and season at the venerable Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. The twelve months of studio time since then, however, has been dedicated solely to honouring that original pledge to Mobilia Gallery, so here is A Year of Rings.

Firstly, what this is NOT about! The title A Year of Rings could imply a contained series – such as 4 seasons, 12 months, 12 zodiac signs, 52 weeks, even 365 days – but this exhibition reflects none of these things. Instead, the title (for one so preoccupied with the nature and different aspects of Time) merely indicates a temporal bracketing which is simply that of the group of 12 rings created within this period.

If these twelve rings are not representative of any part or aspect of a year, what then are they about? Well, individually, they reflect some of those things which perhaps concern us all at one time or another, and which certainly have been the motivation behind so much of my work: for here are jewel-meditations upon Time, Love, Myth, History, Nature, Belief, Music, Wisdom and, I hope, the Human Response, if only of their maker’s abiding sense of wonder at the all-this-ness of existence.

I have outlined my thoughts and intents in the individual notes which [will follow in the catalog to be released later this summer]: they are not, nor could they be, proscriptive, since any jewel, and especially the form of the ring, is tamed by service to its wearer, who engages with, and filters, the energies it inherently possesses. This is a vital process – personal, private, often numinous, always empowering.

My thoughts on the meaning and function of the ring as a jewel-form have been explored and expressed in words elsewhere, but for this moment in Time, herein follow a dozen short notes reflecting small objects which can be regarded, and even worn, tokens of a promise fulfilled.

Kevin Coates, London, May 2015.

ABOUT KEVIN COATES

Known for his technical brilliance and the symbolic imagery of his work, Kevin Coates is considered by many to be Britain’s leading artist-goldsmith. A true Renaissance Man, Coates is also a musician specializing in the baroque mandolin and has performed in concerts and recitals throughout Europe as well as a mathematician; his PhD thesis was titled, A study of the use of Geometry and Proportional systems in the Art of Lutherie. He focuses on the spiritual meanings of jewelry and draws inspiration from music, theater, painting, literature and mathematics. Neither exclusively modern nor wholly traditional, Coates’ work dazzles us with its technical virtuosity and inspires us with its symbolic imagery. He was an artist in residence at the Wallace Collection in 2011, where he had an exhibition entitled, Time Regained. His most recent exhibition, A Bestiary of Jewels was on view at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford University from January through March, 2014.

Quotes:

“Coates is Britain’s leading artist-goldsmith, with a renaissance imagination and an ingenuity to match” The TIMES

“At every level, Coates is a master of the imagination, and can balance the proverbial angels on the head of a pin” The International Herald Tribune

“His work seems to belong to the world of the “Wunderkammer”. There is little doubt that Coates will be deemed one of the most remarkable jewellers-cum-goldsmiths to have emerged at the end of the 20th century” Financial Times

“There is no-one in England to compare with his genius” CRAFTS

“A perfectly executed mix of artistic skill and interpretation to be seen to be believed” The SUNDAY TIMES

“Kevin Coates is Britain’s LEONARDO” HARPER’S & QUEEN

“… a man whose work fascinated me for its complexity, astonishing technical virtuosity, sophistication of allusion, and unashamed richness of a kind which would have delighted a Medici Grand Duke.” Sir Roy Strong

Selected Collections and Commissions

  • Ayrton Metals Platinum Collection, London – Brooch ‘Selene’
  • The British Museum, London – Mozart Medal; Monahan medal
  • The British Society for the History of Pharmacy, London – Presidential Badge
  • Datsun House, Worthing – ‘Ikaros’ Sculpture
  • De Beers Diamond Stakes – Trophy for Ascot
  • The Dominican Republic, H.E. Ambassador – Loving Cup and numerous jewels
  • The Goldsmiths’ Company, London – The Amity Cup; Tree of Knowledge centre-piece; various CourtCups; medals; and jewels including ‘Oologos’ brooch, ‘Lazarus’ ring, and most recently The Charter Bell
  • H.R.H. Prince Faisal al Saud
  • H.R.H. Prince of Wales
  • Koch Collection, Geneva – Ring ‘Hare and Tortoise’
  • Leeds Castle – ‘The Maze Centre-piece’ (Memorial to Peter Wilson)
  • Lichfield Cathedral – The St. Chad Cup
  • Museum of Fine Arts – Boston
  • National Museums of Scotland ‘Entry of the Queen of the Night’ Tiara
  • Nissan Corporation, Tokyo – ‘Torus’ Sculpture
  • No. 10 Downing Street – St. George Centre-piece (The Silver Trust)
  • Royal Ballet School – Choreographic Prize medal
  • Royal Museum, Edinburgh – Brooch ‘Waiting for Joan’
  • Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence – Brooch ‘Frog Labyrinth’
  • Sydney & Frances Lewis Collection, Richmond, Virginia – various jewels
  • Victoria & Albert Museum – The Carrington Cup; various jewels including Brooch ‘Athene Noctua'; Brooch ‘Seraph'; Ring ‘Caliban’ and relevant drawings

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