Evert Nijland’s jewelry designs demonstrate his interest in painting as the document of an era; he has created series based on the formal language of Renaissance and Rococo art. Over time his work has become more three-dimensional; he composes collages in a range of materials such as glass, gold, linen, and mahogany, exploring texture, color, and light. In 2008, the Mint Museum of Craft + Design commissioned Nijland to create the necklace Imagine Reflessa. This work, with its combination of elongated mirrored forms, is part of the artist’s Venezia series. With this body of work, Nijland closely studied glass beads and was heavily influenced by the art and culture of Venice, Italy, particularly the city’s tradition of glass beads and famous watery canals.
Nijland was born in 1971 in Oldenzaal in the eastern part of The Netherlands. He began his fine arts education at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, where he found his true vocation in the jewelry department. He graduated in 1995 and subsequently obtained his Master of Arts degree from the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. His work is exhibited throughout the world and he has lectured at numerous institutions.
Museum Purchase: Funds provided by Founders' Circle (Susan C. Beech and Patty Gorelick) and exchange funds from the gifts of Dr. and Mrs. Francis Robicsek, Andrew A Lanyi, Philip M. and Michele M. Abrams and Anonymous Donor. 2007.47