SHOWstudio will launch the first major exhibition dedicated to fine artisan jeweller Shaun Leane on 22 May 2014. The show will offer an unprecedented opportunity to delve into the psyche of Britain's leading avant-garde jewellery house and debut eight highly imaginative bespoke creations that each represent a key motif from their collections. The gallery will be transformed into a chamber of curiosities with each piece of jewellery being accompanied by an artwork, fashion piece or natural history specimen that has served as an inspiration to the house.
The show features a finely crafted single diamond tusk earring as an ode to Leane's very first creation that was first seen on Alexander McQueen's catwalk in 1994. It will also present a vibrant gem set butterfly brooch displayed alongside an original Damien Hirst painting, an elaborate pair of feather hoop earrings with a Philip Treacy hat, and a piece accompanied by the largest natural emerald in the world. An artwork by Korean light sculptor Ahn Chulhyun will inspire a new aurora ring and an antique kimono from the archive of Daphne Guinness will be the impetus for a set of statement cherry blossom cuffs.
Highlighting Leane's unparalleled ability to combine exquisite metalwork with innovative design, the exhibition will be a visual spectacle of artisan jewellery.
Image: 22ct Gold Jewel Beetle Brooch by Shaun Leane photograph by Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio