‘Journey’ by Stefano Canturi
To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of jewellery Designer Stefano Canturi’s work, the first exhibition of his drawings, paintings and small scale sculpture will be presented across Australia and internationally
Journey by Stefano Canturi is a unique exhibition and is for public viewing from February 2013 in galleries in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and New York. A rare insight into the world and mind of Stefano Canturi through his artistic journey of ten jewellery concepts curated from his body of work spanning over 25 years. “This exhibition is a journey and not a traditional art exhibition. Works are frozen moments in time from the point of inspiration, to birth of creation, to the finished piece”, he explains. Until now, all his works have been kept private.
Art works include never before seen drawings and paintings of his masterpiece ‘Satine’ created for Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge, the necklace that featured in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most valuable piece of jewellery ever created for film. Also captured is the creation process behind Canturi’s revered Cubism collection, which was inspired by the innovative mood of the Cubist art movement that saw artists break with convention. Here Canturi explores abstract and non-traditional styles with his arrangement of geometric lines in curved patterns.
The sketches, paintings and sculpture are tactile, fluid and poetic, and reflect the mood and presence of a creation process that was pursued from an early age when he was first inspired by the works of the Renaissance masters. Training under an Italian Master at the age of 17, Canturi went on to free his mind, and create jewellery unlike anything referenced by jewellery historians before. “I never stopped drawing. As a child I constantly had a piece of chalk in my hand, hidden in class, carving miniature sculpture” Canturi says.
Journey will be on display in Sydney at MiCK Gallery from February 7-12, and in Melbourne at fortyfivedownstairs Gallery from February 19-March 2, 2013.