Born in 1952 in Creussen near Bayreuth, Germany, Georg Dobler is one of the most prominent figures of international contemporary art jewellery. A professor at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Hildesheim since 2002, he lives and works between Berlin and Halle.
Georg Dobler was raised in Pforzheim, known as the epicenter of the German jewellery industry. There he followed a classical goldsmith training at the Berufsfachschule für Goldschmiedekunst. In 1973 he decided to leave for Berlin with the intention to apply at the Berlin fine arts university until he found out that the metal department had just closed. He nevertheless remained in Berlin where he worked for some time as the foreman of a major classical jewelry manufacturer. His work raised attention, earning him several awards and recognition of the industrial environment in which he was then evolving. But this recognition was not sufficient to quench his creativity and in 1979 he decided to leave this routine to engage into the more adventurous path of freelance creation. Together with his friends Manfred Bischoff, Winfried Krüger and Gabi Dziuba, he founded a collective workshop, the Werkfabrik. Dobler gained international recognition in as soon as the early 1980s by creating what would become his iconic designs, abstract, minimalist and geometrical, mostly inspired by Constructivism.
From the end of the 90s, his work shows a formal shift. It adopts a naturalistic aesthetic, emphasizing organic structures and forms. The pieces selected for Mirabilia exhibition were crafted during this period and combine casts of plants and insects in oxidized silver and oversized faceted gems.
His works are featured in major museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Israel Museum of Art, Jerusalem, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, to name but a few.
Georg Dobler was awarded the prestigious Herbert Hofmann Preis IHM SCHMUCK in Munich in 1991 and 2000 and the Grassi Prize of the Grassi Museum, Leipzig, in 2004.
First of all, jewellery with motives taken form nature is very beautiful. Almost too pretty.
I can identify myself with natural beauty, and I feel free to use it in my jewellery. I am very impressed by the genesis and wonders of nature.
It pleases me to use parts from nature and thus create "ironic" pieces. I collect "ready mades" and use them in the same way as the forms which I invent. I include them into my "bitter sweet" compositions.
Stylistically my jewels could be compared with works by René Lalique. In terms of content I look at them as modular elements as part of my personal idea of beauty in jewellery.
In oposit to the nature part jewellery, are the geometrical brooches, with bright colourful stones.