Louise Nippierd

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Louise Nippierd
Louise Nippierd

16 January 1962
Working in Oslo, Norway
Known forJewellery Designer, Sculptor
Awardssee the Awards section of this article

Louise Nippierd (born 16 January 1962) is a British-Norwegian metal-and-jewellery artist, living in Oslo, Norway.


Louise Nippierd was born and raised in England and moved to Norway with her Norwegian journalist mother and English father in 1967. Her father was a Commander in the Royal Navy on a 3-year contract with NATO in Bærum. During her first two years in Norway, Nippierd attended St. George's British School in Bærum, while her three siblings continued on at different boarding schools in England. In 1969 the family decided to stay in Norway, and Nippierd started at Smestad Primary School[1] in Oslo, where several members of the Norwegian royal family, including King Harald V and Crown Prince Haakon Magnus, have also been pupils.

Nippierd took a goldsmith course in 1990 at the Elvebakken videregående skole College, and in 1991 she enrolled at the Metal Department of the Norwegian National Academy of Craft and Art Industry (now Oslo National Academy of the Arts), where she gained a master's degree in 1996. Also in 1996, she founded the studio community NB 13, which she ran for 10 years and shared with other artist colleagues, including Andrew J. Barton. Between 1997 and 2005 Nippierd was a guest teacher at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, teaching courses in anodizing aluminium.

Nippierd's works have been purchased by several institutions, including Norsk Kulturråd Arts Council Norway.[2] and a commission for two small sculptures for the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Jewel of the Seas.

Artistic outlook[edit]

Jewellery has traditionally been marketed purely in an aesthetic and decorative function, but Louise Nippierd also gives her jewellery an inherent ambiguity as the carrier of a deeper message.[3] Her projects have a socio-political dimension, touching on issues such as racism, homosexuality, animal rights and eating disorders.[4][5] She attributes her concern with the marginalized groups in society to her own marginalized childhood as an English-speaking child in Norway.[6]

Artistic materials[edit]

Nippierd first started working with aluminium in 1994 and was very quickly fascinated by all the possibilities this material has, due to its light weight and ability to be coloured by anodizing. She specialised in this medium in her master's degree work and has subsequently gained an international reputation for her large anodized aluminium body-sculptures.[7][8] Nippierd's use of imitation fur as an artistic material serves to highlight her opposition to the cruelty of the fur trade and the use of animal fur in art and fashion.[9]

Awards and grants[edit]

  • 2002:
    • Oslo Bys Kulturpris, Oslo Kommune – Oslo City Cultural Award.[10]
  • 2004:
    • Norwegian Goldsmiths' Association "Smykk Meg 2004" Design Competition – first prize.[11][12]
  • 2006:
  • Statens materialstipend, Kulturdepartementet – (Norwegian) National Material Grant for Artists[13]
  • Utstillingsstipend, Norsk Kulturråd – Exhibition Grant for Artists, Arts Council Norway[14]

Group exhibitions[edit]

1992: "Ring frei", International ring exhibition

  • Galerie Zebra, Düsseldorf, (Germany)

1996: "Subjects 96" International jewellery art

2001–2003: "2. Nordic Jewellery Triennial", Touring exhibition[15]

  • Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg (Sweden) 24 November 2001 – 27 January 2002
  • Museum of Applied Art Tallinn, Tallinn (Estonia) 23 February – 14 April 2002
  • Lahti City Museum, Lahti (Finland) 4 May – 6 June 2002
  • Kunstindustrimuseet, København (Denmark) 16 August – 29 September 2002
  • Hafnarborg Kulturcenter, Hafnarfjörður (Iceland) 9–24 November 2002
  • Sørlandet Art Museum, Kristiansand (Norway) 15 February – 23 March 2003[16]

2002: Julekalender på Oslo S (Christmas Tree Advent Calendar in Oslo Central Station)

2004: "Nordic Cool: Hot Women Designers"

  • National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. (USA) 23 April – 12 November[21]

2004: "Vakre bord- Design i tiden" ("Beautiful Tables-Today's Design")

  • Oslo City Museum, Oslo (Norway)[3]

2004–2005: "Schmuck aus Norwegen"

  • Grassi Museum für angewandte Kunst, Leipzig (Germany) 25 November 2004 – 27 February 2005[22]

2005: "Maker-Wearer-Viewer", International, Touring exhibition[23][24][25]

2005–2006: "Conceptual Crafts: New Art from Norway", Touring exhibition, England

2005–2006: "Norwegian Contemporary Crafts", Touring exhibition, UK[28]

  • Flow Gallery, London, (England) 17 February – 3 April 2005[29]
  • The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh (Scotland)
  • Clotworthy Arts Centre, Antrim (Northern Ireland)
  • Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen (Wales)

2007: "SMUKT!" ("GORGEOUS!") Norwegian Jewellery from the 21st Century.

  • Nord Norsk Kunstnersenter (North Norwegian Regional Art Center) 22 June – 26 August[30][31]

2008–2009: "Artitude – kroppsmykker"

  • Kunstbanken, Hamar (Norway) 15 November 2008 – 11 January 2009[32]

2009: "Irreverent: Contemporary Nordic Craft Art"

2011: "Hodepryd og øyenslyst" ("Fancy Headgear and Delights for the Eye")

  • Oslo City Hall Gallery, Oslo, Norway. Guest exhibitor with the Norwegian Hatmakers 10th Anniversary Jubilee.

Themed solo exhibitions[edit]

1997: Master's Degree "New Talents" Exhibition "With sensuous signals shall the body be adorned" (Homosexuality)

  • Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Oslo (Norway)

1999: "Cross" (Eating disorders)[38]

2001: "Incognito" (Islamic)

2002: "SeaSons" (Water)[41]

2002–2004: "All different All equal" (Anti-racism)[41]

2003: "Zoo" (Animal rights & anti-fur)

2007: "As time goes by" (Fashion & history)


  1. ^ Smestad.gs.oslo.no Archived 29 April 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Norsk kulturråd – årsmelding 2004. Archived 24 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine page 48
  3. ^ a b c Norske Kunsthaandverkere Norwegian Association of Arts & Crafts – Louise Nippierd, Artist of the Month, June 2006 (in Norwegian).
  4. ^ Artitude 2008, pp. 5–6; 26 (in Norwegian and English)
  5. ^ Pratt, Rosalind. MillenniBrum. Birmingham Post 2000 May 3 article about the Virtual Gallery of Contemporary Jewellery, using Nippierd's work on anorexia as an illustration[dead link]
  6. ^ a b "Galleri Harald Kjeldaas description of Nippierd's work and artistic outlook (in Norwegian)". Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2009.
  7. ^ "Shape 2006, issue 1, page 20" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 November 2008. Retrieved 17 October 2009.
  8. ^ Shape Swedish edition 2006, issue 1, page 20. (in Swedish)
  9. ^ VG 19 November 2009. References Nippierd's anti-fur stance (interview in Norwegian and English)
  10. ^ Oslo City Cultural Award , list of 2002 recipients (in Norwegian).
  11. ^ Norwegian Goldsmiths' Association Design Competition winners 2004 Archived 15 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine (in Norwegian) – includes photograph of model Vendela Kirsebom wearing Nippierd's prizewinning rings.
  12. ^ Photograph of Nippierd's prizewinning "Hot" and "Cold" rings Archived 24 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ List of 2006 grant recipients Louise Nippierd is on page 17
  14. ^ Norsk Kulturråd / Arts Council Norway list of 2006 grant recipients
  15. ^ 2. Nordic Jewellery Triennial Archived 19 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, description of exhibition catalogue ISBN 978-87-17-07114-8 (in Danish).
  16. ^ Den andre Nordiske Smykketriennale Archived 10 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ Photos of Nippierd's trees
  18. ^ News article in boarding.no Archived 7 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine (in Norwegian)
  19. ^ News article in Rom for kunst Archived 21 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine (in English)
  20. ^ Interview with Louise Nippierd on Norwegian TV (in Norwegian)
  21. ^ Museum press release and list of exhibitors.
  22. ^ Museum retrospective (in German). Archived 17 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine Does not include the names of the exhibitors.
  23. ^ Cunningham, Jack. Maker, wearer, viewer : contemporary narrative European jewellery. Glasgow School of Art, 2005. ISBN 978-0-901904-59-1.
  24. ^ Exhibition information from the Scottish Arts Council.
  25. ^ Reading jewellery. Comments on narrative jewellery. commentary by Liesbeth den Besten, including exhibition dates
  26. ^ Glasgow School of Art press release.
  27. ^ Gallery Oldham press release. Archived 8 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine includes photograph of Nippierd's Secret Sorrows
  28. ^ Crichton-Miller, Emma. North Stars Crafts 2005 Mar–Apr 193: 32–36 Nippierd's work is discussed on page 35
  29. ^ Flow Gallery press release. Archived 16 April 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  30. ^ Exhibition information Archived 24 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine (in Norwegian)
  31. ^ Smukt! Norsk smykkekunst fra 2000-tallet = Gorgeous! Norwegian jewellery from the 21st century. – Svolvaer: Nordnorsk Kunstnersenter, 2007. – ISBN 978-82-997429-1-7. (Exhibition brochure in Norwegian and English)
  32. ^ Article by Lars Elton in VG 31 December 2008 (in Norwegian). Includes some photographs of Nippierd's works.
  33. ^ Brief description of exhibition on ArtSlant. Includes list of exhibitors and some photographs of Nippierd's works.
  34. ^ Blog item in Norway.com 27 January 2009. Archived 12 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine Includes photograph of Nippierd's Secret Sorrows and a reference to an article by Jean Schiffman
  35. ^ Event listing in Nordstjernan. Includes photographs of Nippierd's Secret Sorrows and Wild at Heart
  36. ^ Event liting on Norway.org Includes a photograph of Nippierd's Secret Sorrows
  37. ^ Review in The Rumpus 27 January 2009.
  38. ^ Artitude 2008 (in Norwegian and English)
  39. ^ Event listing.
  40. ^ Event listing.
  41. ^ a b Event listings for Louise Nippierd.
  42. ^ Information about the exhibition Archived 2 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine (in Norwegian). Includes a photo of one of Nippierd's exhibits
  43. ^ Event listing on listen.no

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