David Huycke

Born in 1967, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium

David Huycke is a Belgian silversmith and has worked since 1993 as an independent artist in the field of the sculptural art-objects.

He first made a name for himself with his sets of dishes, simple design and subtle use of materials and is now best known for his innovative approach to the traditional technique of granulation. Huycke sets to work like a scientist or an alchemist, casting in moulds non-existent and seemingly impossible concepts, incurring along the way risks such as breakage or collapse. Eventually those ideas and experiments are selected and elaborated into an object where they exude a degree of stillness and have a natural obviousness, as if the work could not have been made any other way.

His work is shown in galleries and museums worldwide, and can be seen in permanent collections such as in the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Design Museum Gent, the Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus Hanau, the Indianapolis Museum of Art and in many other collections. In 2007 he received the Bavarian State Prize for Contemporary Crafts, awarded by the IHM, Munich. In 2010 he obtained his Ph.D. in Arts with The Metamorphic Ornament: Re-Thinking Granulation, a practice-based research project on the artistic relevance today of the ancient technique of granulation.

David Huycke is professor at the PXL-MAD School of Arts Hasselt, Belgium and at the Faculty of Architecture and Arts at Hasselt University

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Working in Belgium and Germany

1985 – 1989   Sint-Lucas School of Arts, Antwerp, Belgium, MA Jewellery and Silversmithing
2005 – 2010   Hasselt University and KU Leuven, Belgium, PhD Arts

David Huycke has work in the following public collections: 

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums, Aberdeen
Contemporary Art Society, London
National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh
Royal College of Art, London
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Alice and Louis Koch Collection, Basel, Switzerland
Danish Museum of Decorative Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark
Design Museum Ghent, Ghent, Belgium
Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus, Hanau, Germany
Het StadsMus, Municipal Museum, Hasselt, Belgium
Kolumba, Art Museum of the Archdiocese of Cologne, Germany
Marzee Collection, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France
Musée Mandet, Riom, France
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
MIAAO Museum of Contemporary Applied Arts, Turin, Italy
Röhsska Museet, Göteborg, Sweden
Silver Museum Sterckshof, Antwerp, Belgium
Swiss National Museum, Zürich, Switzerland
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Museum of Contemporary Art of China Academy of Arts, Hangzhou, China

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Selected Press - David Huycke