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April 9, 2013

Jānis Vilks

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Jānis Vilks

The graduate of the Department of Painting and Scenery Design at the Art Academy of Latvia. After graduation of the Academy he took part at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space and was awarded the GRAND PRIX for his work.

 

 

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Jānis works with silver and gold, applying such methods as inlay, intaglia and cameo.
Jānis Vilks road to jewellery design started at the Metal Department of the Riga School of Arts and Crafts. Initially he studied at the Metal Design department of the Art Academy of Latvia, but changed his mind and moved to the Department of Painting and Scenery Design and graduated it successfully.
One can tell by Vilks handwriting that he creates his works like a scenery designer and for him a jewellery piece is more a design object than an adornment. After graduation of the academy he took part at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space and was awarded the GRAND PRIX for his diploma work.
Jewellery design is artist’s scene now, where he expresses his philosophy and applies his deep knowledge of the world of precious stones. Frequently his jewellery works remind objects of plastic art. Lathed silver details combined with gold prevail in his designs.
Vilks is one of the few designers masterful in such technologies like inlay, intaglia and cameo. His astonishing craftsmanship is proved by his gemstone inlays of lapis lazuli, chrysoprase and Peruvian opal, as well as by his amazing intaglias of white and green jade and mammoth ivory cameos.

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