Boris Bally

Licensed 2 Wear: Brooch

Repurposed License Plate, Sterling Silver

2.25 x 2.25 x .5 inches

The artwork produced in my studio blossoms from four decades of producing art with integrity, skill and professionalism. I draw upon my Swiss goldsmith training and formal art school education in crafts and design. Since the early 1990s, I have pioneered the use of recycled aluminum traffic signs for creating art, furniture, furnishings and colossal murals. In my studio, I try to incorporate ways to engage the community, providing opportunities for people to learn about art, gain new skills and participate in our community. Past projects include interior and exterior installations in parks, offices, hospitals, community centers and even on building façades. My goal is to explore beyond the realm of the precious metals -- the foundation of my expertise -- and to transform common materials by creating a sense of value and awe through ingenuity. These pieces are intended to welcome any audience to be invited in on multiple sensory levels by incorporating familiarity, beauty and even sound.

Recently, Bally was interviewed for the Smithsonian Institution’s, “Archives of American Art: Oral History Project.” His work has been featured in numerous international and national exhibitions and prominent publications. Public collections include London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Museum of Art & Design New York, Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Brooklyn Museum, The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collections housed in the Luce Foundation Center for American Art, Renwick Gallery and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. His artwork has earned him numerous state fellowship grants in design and crafts including an International Design Resource Award, the Felissimo Design Award from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Green Dot Award, Second Prize in the Fortunoff Silver: New Forms and Expressions II, the Visual Arts Achievement Award from the Arts & Business Council of Rhode Island, and a Society of North American Goldsmiths Volunteer Recognition Award.

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