Kevin has been working in silver since 2007 – moving from the world of the luxury automotive industry. For over 20 years he produced hand-made bespoke pieces for Rolls Royce, Bentley and Morgan Motor Company; sometimes one off items, sometimes a batch of hundreds, but always working to a very high standard of finish and accuracy. Any drawing put in front of him had to be made, and as a consequence he has an approach to his work that means nothing is immediately discounted as too difficult to make.
After studying at Birmingham School of Jewellery from 2007-2009, followed by two years as artist in residence, Kevin had the opportunity to develop his own practice. He wanted to make work that could embody the attention to detail that he had brought with him from industry, and during his studies the simplicity of 20th century Scandinavian design appealed to him – and these forms became the starting point to developing his own work.
The work he now produces comes from this tradition and a responsive aptitude to making. The processes he uses couple traditional metalworking skills with new technology – originally laser welding but now his pieces are TIG welded. Individual strips of silver are hand-formed before being joined to form a complex surface. A number of surface elements within one piece can “collide” to create contrasting smooth and jagged edges resulting in decorative qualities and surface depth. The volumes that the final pieces take are visualized at the outset – but the surface quality and resulting jagged edges emerge as the work is made.
The resulting works, varied in scale, form and function are hugely visually appealing and technically exceptional. Some pieces can take up to six months to make, using hundreds and hundreds of carefully crafted individual hand cut and formed strips, eventually TIG welded together, and finished to the most demanding standard.
Kevin has won the prestigious Goldsmiths Company Award on no less than three occasions – in 2010, 2012 and 2014. In 2017 he broke the British record for a price achieved at auction by a contemporary silversmith. The auction took place at Bonhams in Knightsbridge. The record was broken with his piece ‘Animus’.
John Higgins Contemporary Silver are delighted to be showing Kevin Grey’s magnificent work in their Summer Exhibition – which takes place in Lindfield, West Sussex from 21 June to 1 July inclusive. Kevin’s award winning piece which enabled him to win the 2010 Goldsmiths’ Company Award was sold by John Higgins Contemporary Silver in 2010, and this year the piece that enabled Kevin to win the 2012 Goldsmiths’ Company Award, will be on sale at their Summer Exhibition.
If you would like an invitation to visit this selling exhibition, please contact us.