Pat Flynn

G O L D S M I T H

BIO/CV

 

Artist statement

What attracts me to my work is the dichotomy that exists between materials and processes.  The wildness of forging juxtaposed with elegant goldsmithing techniques.  I am interested in the underlying tension that results from combining disparate materials such as steel and diamonds or gold and steel, in organic forms. My hope is that my work will go out into the world and communicate for me. 

Biography

Pat Flynn is a goldsmith who lives and works in High Falls, New York. His iconic nail bracelets combine blackened iron with 22 karat and 18 karat yellow gold, 18 karat palladium white gold, diamonds and pearls. His larger cuff bracelets incorporate hinges and box clasps that not only suit functionality for the wearer, but display meticulous craftsmanship.

Each piece of jewelry is hand forged by Pat, often times incorporating fused 22 karat gold onto the iron. Pat is a master of subtle texture, working the surface with varying tools from the hammer and graver, to etching and filing. This attention to detail, technical control, and combination of disparate materials creates unparalleled elegance in his jewelry.

Pat’s work has been featured in Metalsmith magazine and, most recently included in the Penland Book of Jewelry.  His work can also be found in the collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Art & Design in New York.  His work has most recently been acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC. 

Online publications

The Craft School Experience Interview

Art Jewelry Forum  Article 

Metalsmith Benchtalk Interview

SELECT EXHIBITIONS

2015       "Triacontagon: A Celebration of 30 Years of the Artists’ Fellowship Program," Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY
2015       "Ebony G. Patterson: Dead Treez," The Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY
2011        “Open Mind,” The Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea
2011        “Jewelry Artists of the Hudson Valley,” Forbes Gallery, NY, NY
2010       “The Weight of Black,” Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
2010        “Brooching the Subject: One of a Kind,” The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Center for Southern Craft & Design, New Orleans, LA
2009       “Pat Flynn: Ironic Attachment II,”   Patina Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2009       “Delicate Beauty,” Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
2009       “Different Tempers: Jewelry & Blacksmithing” 
                    - Center for Craft, Creativity & Design - Hendersonville, NC
                    - National Ornamental Metal Museum – Memphis, TN
                    - The University of North Texas Art Gallery
                    - The University of Texas at El Paso, Rubin Center for the Arts
2008       “The Bracelet Show,” J. Cotter Gallery, Vail, CO
2008       “Lineage & Legacy,” Hall Gallery, Savannah College of Art & Design, Savanah, GA
2007       “Sparkle Plenty 3,” Quirk Gallery, Richmond, VA
2007       “What a Dish! Dinnerware and Serving Pieces from RAMs Collections,” Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
2007       “What Lies Beneath,” Patina Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2007        “Wild Geese: The Irish in America,” National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland
2006        “Process & Promise: 75th Anniversary,” 92nd Street Y, New York, NY
2003        “Pat Flynn,”  Patina Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2002        “Inventing Contemporary Ornament,” National Invitational Bowling Green State University, Ohio   
2003        “At Arms Length,” Saybains Gallery, Royal Oak, MI
2002        “Inventing Contemporary Ornament,” National invitational, Bowling Green State University, OH
2002        “Pat Flynn,” Gallery Materia, Scottsdale, AZ
2001         “Falling Gracefully,” Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
2000        “The Poetry of Passion,” DeNovo Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
1998         “Flux,” Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

Metropolitan Museum of Art                                        New York, NY
Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institute                       Washington, DC
Chicago Arts Institute                                                   Chicago, IL
Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustri Museum                       Trondheim, Norway
Rhode Island School of Design                                     Providence, RI
Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Art                      Racine, WI
Museum of Arts & Design                                             New York, NY
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art                                     New Paltz, NY
Yale University Art Gallery                                            New Haven, CT

 AWARDS

1997                            National Ornamental Metal Museum, Master Metalsmith
1988                            National Endowment for the Arts, Craftsman’s Fellowship
1988                            New York State Foundation for the Arts Fellowship
1985                            National Endowment for the Arts, Craftsman’s Fellowship
1984                            National Endowment for the Arts, Craftsman’s Fellowship

P U B L I C A T I O N S

2015                      Masters of Craft                                                                          Portraits by Paul J. Smith
2015                      Metalsmith, Vol 35, No. 1                                                            “In the Studio”
2010                      500 Gemstone Jewels                                                                Lark Books
2009                     Metalsmith, Vo1. 29 No. 2                                                           “Look”
2008                     The Compendium Finale of Contemporary Jewellers      Darling Publications
2007                     Masters of Stone Setting                                                             Lark Books
2007                      Crafts Council of Ireland                                                           “Wild Geese: The Irish in America”
2007                      New York Diamonds, September                                              “Designer Spotlight”
2005                      Penland Book of Jewelry                                                          “Gallery”
2005                      Veranda, April                                                                            “Broad Band: Classic Cuffs”
2005                      JCK Luxury, Fall,                                                                        “Diamonds: Expect the Unexpected”
2004                      American Craft Magazine                                                           “Review: Pat Flynn”
1998                       National ornamental Metal Museum                                         Pat Flynn, Master Metalsmith
1996                       Metalsmith, Spring                                                                     “Recent Sightings”
1996                       Metalsmith Magazine                                                                 “Making Things Right”
1995                       Metalsmith, Fall                                                                          “Metalsmithing Today”
1994                       Metalsmith, Summer                                                                  “Recent Sightings”
1993                       Metalsmith, Fall                                                                          “Review”

T E A C H I N G

Metalwerx                                                                  Waltham, MA
Lillstreet Art Center                                                  Chicago, IL
Colorado Metalsmithing Association                        Salida, CO            
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts                        Deer Isle, ME
Nova Scotia School of Art and Design                      Halifax, Nova Scotia
Oregon School of Arts and Crafts                             Portland, OR
Parsons School of Design                                          New York, NY
Penland School of Crafts                                           Penland, NC
Peters Valley Craft Education Center                       Layton, NJ
Pratt Fine Arts Center                                                Seattle, WA

E D U C A T I O N

1979                           SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY                                         BFA Goldsmithing
1976                           Edinboro State College, Edinboro, PA                                Jewelry & Metalsmithing