Anne Zellien and Dirk Vander Eecken first got to know each other in 1975, when they started their respective courses Jewellery Design and Printmaking at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. A year and a half ago they ran into each other again and they have been together since.
The idea for an unusual interdisciplinary dual exhibition, an encounter and dialogue between painting and jewellery, took shape during various discussions in COVID-19 times. Both artists have curious minds, are eager to respond to coincidence and take on challenges.
Anne finds inspiration in her surroundings; in literature, films, historic jewellery, conversations and people she meets. Everything that fascinates her in one way or another finds its way into her work. For this dual exhibition she is creating a new men’s collection, inspired by Dirk’s earlier graphic work and his current painterly colour palette.
Dirk’s recent work has its origins in a collaboration that took place between 2004 and 2008 with the research centre E.M.A.T. (Department of Physics, University of Antwerp) led by Prof. Staf Van Tendeloo. The research centre examines materials by using an electron microscope. Images derived from this are showing similarities with Dirk’s visual work. Thanks to this research, Dirk was in 2008 the first one in Flanders to obtain a PhD in arts.
Dirk’s way of working allows for coincidence and imperfection. Success and failure play an indisputable – and highly casual – role in his approach. Since 2008, his work has evolved from a minimalist structure to a more layered lyrical abstraction. His research further resulted in reflections on materials such as diamond, gold and silver, which in turn translates in points of contact with Anne’s work.
The jewels by Anne Zellien and the paintings by Dirk Vander Eecken are joined in a play of similarities and differences. Both oeuvres reflect each other’s splendour, material studies, colours and layers. At the same time there is an important scale contrast between the two art practices. As such, the works form a complementary narrative, each with their authentic and unique strength.
‘House 8 by Anne Zellien’
Because Each and Every Child Has an Equal Right to Physical and Mental Health Care
Wednesday 17 February, Antwerp – When child and adolescent psychiatrist Ilse Van Loy asked Anne if she wanted to help with a project for the benefit of vzw Huis 8, she didn’t hesitate for a second. The non-profit organization that was founded by Ilse and her husband Peter Van de Veire, offers therapy programmes to young people with fewer opportunities. The result is a collection of jewellery inspired by the logo and the number 8 of the non-profit organization.
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It’s name and modern popularity as a form of interview is owed to the responses given by the French writer Marcel Proust (1871-1922). Continue reading Proust Questionnaire: Anne Zellien
Throughout the past decade of her career Anne has focused even more specifically on particularly beautiful, perfectly finished ‘basic pieces’ that are ideal for passing on to the next generation.
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The new layout of Anne Zellien’s jewellery shop, designed by interior designer Lene Van Look, demonstrates how you can turn a tiny shop into a monumental space.
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Anne Zellien won the ‘Best jewelry designer 2019’ award at
Les Victors 2019, an award by the leading magazine Juliette & Victor.
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In het verjaardagsjaar 2018 waarin Xandres 50 kaarsjes uitblaast,
pakt het Belgische kledingmerk uit met een “Inspiring Women” samenwerking met Anne Zellien.
Anne creëerde een capsullecollectie die perfect bij de najaarscollectie van Xandres past.
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Anne Zellien ontwerpt sinds 1987 juwelen vanuit Antwerpen. Onlangs lanceerde ze een eerste mannencollectie, begin september presenteert ze een capsulecollectie die ze creëerde voor het Belgische modelabel Xandres. Dit zijn haar stijlgeheimen.
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After working together with her son Thomas for 11 years, Anne Zellien is celebrating this collaboration with the launch of a first fully fledged men’s collection.
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In the framework of the Diamond Year, which celebrates the 570th anniversary of the diamond trade in Antwerp, the Antwerp diamond industry enlisted Anne Zellien to design an affordable diamond collection with diamonds exclusively from Antwerp.
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