Robert Baines is one of Australia’s foremost artist goldsmiths and a researcher of archaeometallurgy and Bronze Age gold works. With a career spanning more than 30 years, his work is based around the historical context of jewellery, often referencing notions of the fake, the phony and the copy that have been part of jewellery making and collecting throughout the ages.

Baines created jewellery and large, complex wire works often combining precious metals of gold and silver with plastic and powder-coated elements. These works frequently reference archaeology and draw on abstract forms and ideas. In this exhibition, Baines places the object in a state of limbo where the date of its making, and its authenticity, are questionable.

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Image (top): Robert Baines, Pendant, 2010. Photo: Courtesy ADC

Australian Design Centre, Sydney
23 October 2010 – 16 January 2011

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW
24 January – 13 March 2011

Geelong Gallery, VIC
7 May – 3 July 2011

Craft, ACT
12 August – 24 September 2011

Noosa Regional Gallery, QLD
9 December 2011 – 3 February 2012

Tamworth Regional Gallery, NSW 
6 February – 27 March 2012

Cairns Art Gallery, QLD
9 April – 27 June 2012

Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, TAS
4 August – 11 October 2012

Artisan, QLD
17 January – 9 March 2013

Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW
22 March – 13 May 2013

JamFactory, SA
20 June – 28 July 2013

Robert Baines, Candlestand, 2010. Photo: Courtesy ADC