Now on display at 19 Motcomb Street, Shaun Leane’s SHOWstudio exhibition provides a unique insight into the jeweller’s many inspirations. Nine bespoke pieces, which Shaun Leane created especially for this show, are all presented next to the objects that inspired them, from incredible natural history specimens like the Medusa emerald to outstanding art works and fashion pieces.
Perhaps one of the show’s most striking pieces is the Damien Hirst butterfly painting. PSALM 136: Confetimini, consisting of butterfly wings suspended in paint and arranged in a mandala-like pattern, served as the direct inspiration for Shaun Leane’s stunning butterfly brooch.
The painting exudes the artist’s fascination with the possibility of finding beauty in death. 'I’ve got an obsession with death… But I think it’s like a celebration of life rather than something morbid,' Hirst once said. In this work, he refers to the spiritual symbolism of the butterfly, used in Christian imagery to signify the resurrection.
Shaun Leane’s butterfly brooch is a unique and stylized take on Damien Hirst’s butterflies. Powerful in its simplicity, it’s made using mexican fire opals and black and white diamonds. The handcrafted brooch provides a vibrant testament to Hirst’s celebration of life.
We invite you to come and see these amazing works at SHOWstudio Shop at 19 Motcomb Street! The gallery is open from Monday to Friday from 11:00 to 18:00 BST.