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Ute Kolar

Ute Kolar's earlier work was very intricate and incorporated more solid structures. Her work has evolved in time, acquiring a visually light and airy quality as well as becoming physically weightless in spite of its volume. She enjoys playing with the contrast between volume and weightlessness as it creates surprise in the viewer when the piece is first held or worn. Her main inspiration at the moment comes from nature. This can be observed in the "tree" and "flower" rings, or "grass" brooches. Kolar uses a great array of skills to her advantage in her work. Her pieces are usually very labour intense and pay attention to detail, which makes them all the more intriguing to observe. She sometimes adds a touch of colour in the form of coral or enamel on the surface of the works. Her jewellery has a strong sculptural impact on the observer, deriving from a clever use of light and shade, created by the exploitation of surfaces with different inclinations.

Ute Kolar was born in Austria in 1966. She has been living and working in Italy for the last 15 years. After obtaining a diploma from art school in Graz, with specialization in jewellery design, she worked for a period with Wolfgang Rahs and then with the sculptor/artist Eduard Hänggi. She has been working as a freelance jewellery designer-maker since 1986 and has taken part in numerous exhibitions on an international level with galleries and museums in Austria, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Portugal, Poland, United Kingdom, Spain and USA, including Collect at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. She was selected to take part in Schmuck '87 at the Internationale Handwerksmesse in Munich. Kolar's work is part of the permanent collection of the Sterisches Landesmuseum in Graz, Austria, of the Alice & Louis Koch Ring Collection in Switzerland and private collections in Italy.