Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

Philip Noakes: Sculptural Silver

View of selected silver and copper vessels

Philip Noakes, one of the foremost silversmiths working and teaching in Australia, has dedicated much of the past few years to his passion for silversmithing.

Focusing on form and enlivening his work with textures created by hammering, engraving and filing, he has produced a magnificent and varied collection of new hollowware and sculptural objects together with a small collection of jewellery reflecting the hollow forms.

This elegant body of work includes over 50 new vessels in sterling silver, Britannia silver, fine silver, heat flamed copper and various carat gold is the largest hollowware exhibition in Western Australia since the 1970s.

Philip Noakes: Sculptural Silver is supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Curated by Ted Snell

Image: Philip Noakes, Group image of vessels completed in 2018 featuring SatinCrystal and Ocean Currents Series. Courtesy of the artist. Photographed by Robert Frith

Exhibition runs

25 May - 17 August 2019


Curator's introduction


Image of Philip Noakes monograph book

A Passion for Silversmithing, Philip Noakes: Gold and Silversmith

Philip Noakes’ questing mind and life’s work have embodied his constant search for the refinement of his skills, leading him to become a renowned silversmith, goldsmith and jeweller.

The book, authored by Dorothy Erickson, celebrates Philip’s achievements as a major Australian designer–maker and traces his evolution as a master craftsman, discusses the influences on his design concepts throughout his career, the people he has worked with, his working methods and values regarding art, design and skill, his role in education, and significant exhibitions and commissions.

Published by the WA Museum. $70.00 Buy online


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