Philip Noakes – Featured in Artist Profile, Issue 61

L-R: Waterfall VII  2022  fine silver  18.2 x 14 x 14 cm  969 gms; Waterfall V  2022  fine silver  25.7 x 17 x 17 cm  1607 gms; Waterfall VI  2022  fine silver  21.7 x 15 x 15 cm  1279 gms.

Congratulations to Philip Noakes, whose upcoming exhibition Philip Noakes: Sculptural Silver at Australian Galleries, Melbourne has been featured in Issue 61 of Artist Profile in an essay by Ted Snell.

“Philip Noakes is a master silversmith whose new body of work consolidates his reputation as an artist and artisan constantly pushing at the boundaries of his practice to create works of profound beauty and sublime technical accomplishment.

“Noakes captures light with his hammer. He raises extraordinary three-dimensional objects from flat sheets of metal, and the shifting patterns of marks left by his hammer trap and direct the flow of light around his completed forms. The seductive material and its exquisite shapes are revealed by this flow of light, which our eyes eagerly follow. “Flow” could well be the subtitle of this exhibition, for so many of the works respond to movement in nature, whether it be the shifting patterns of sunlight as it maps the day or the choreographed flow of water. The set of “waterfall beakers” is a supreme example of the art of silversmithing, miraculously creating forms that do literally seem to surge up and flow into life. Wrought from Britannia silver, in a grouping or proudly independent, the beakers rise up elegantly from their tapered bases to create a magical landscape of shimmering light that dances across each meticulously worked surface to merge into an image of cascading water.

Linear Flame X  2022  copper with Britannia silver rim and base  17.8 × 14.2 × 14.2 cm. Photographed by Robert Frith, Acorn Photo.


“Philip Noakes is a consummate craftsman and a highly original and innovative artist who continuously responds to the changing physical, creative, and mercantile environments he encounters. As a student, he undertook the technically demanding four-year full-time Diploma in the Design and Craftsmanship of Silversmithing at Sir John Cass College of Art, Architecture and Design, London, in 1972. Since then he has taken opportunities as they arose or initiated them when they didn’t. Arriving in Australia in 1975, he soon established himself as one of Australia’s leading contemporary jewellers, based firstly in Perth, then Sydney, and over the last decades in Perth once again. However, silversmithing has remained a passion, and in 2016 he worked at The Goldsmiths’ Centre, London, to learn new techniques and build a skill base around the use of new equipment and technologies. Noakes’s dedication to his craft has earned him much-deserved renown, including that most prestigious accolade, Fellow of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths, United Kingdom, conferred in 2016.

“This current exhibition is the result of a period of sustained research and development to fuse these new techniques and approaches into a vehicle for his creative vision. The resulting works speak eloquently of his success. The remarkable objects in this exhibition not only embrace the substantial history of silversmithing, but expand on its possibilities and underscore its relevance to contemporary creative practice. Like all significant art, it astonishes while providing a unique lens through which to view and understand our shared world.


Essay from Artist Profile, Issue 61, 2022. 


Philip Noakes: Sculptural Silver
Australian Galleries, Stock Rooms
28 Derby Street, Collingwood 3066
7-25 February 2023



Philip Noakes – Featured in Podcast “Tell Me What You’re Working On…”

Philip Noakes has been featured in a podcast discussing his artistic practice, titled “Tell Me What You’re Working On…”, hosted by Gabriella Filippi.

“”Tell Me What You’re Working On…” is a series of conversations with creative people from our community, talking about what they do and why they do it,” reads the podcast’s by-line.

“Award winning silversmith and jeweller Philip Noakes has had an extraordinary career. He is a passionate craftsman who came to Australia and found an abundance of new opportunities. He tells us all about it as well as what it’s really like to put together an exhibition and why he is keen to pass on his skills and knowledge in the tradition of those craftsmen before him.”


Listen to the podcast here


Philip Noakes will also be showing a series of new works in an upcoming exhibition at Australian Galleries, Melbourne Stock Rooms.

Philip Noakes
‘Sculptural Silver’

7 – 25 February 2023
28 Derby Street, Collingwood, Melbourne

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