For Neale, the visual power of jewellery is basic, lying in distinctive shapes, colours and textures. His work has a unique and graphic language, one that doesn't always follow the familiar 'grammar' of jewellery - it isn't always shiny, or smooth, or metallic - he uses paint, inscribes lines and text on bold shapes. Neale often treats metal like paper, cutting it with scissors, folding and scratching text onto it - an approach to making that is immediate and ‘un-precious’ but that invests the work with emotion and humour, making reference to his fascination with the rich history of goldsmithing. The works in this exhibition have been assembled with a collage-like approach, layering up a play of opposites within the jewellery object: obvious vs. obscure, rough vs. refined, precious vs. poor, some vs. none.
David Neale studied Gold and Silversmithing at RMIT, Melbourne. He has exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas, this is his first solo exhibition in Sydney.