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Paul Annear, ring, 2003
In commemoration of Paul Annear who died recently in Phnom Penh, Fingers is currently exhibiting a selection of his works from private collections and from the collection of The Dowse Art Museum, the works are not for sale.

The show will continue until June 5th, as his ashes float down the Mekong river.

Paul Geoffrey Annear (17 October 1947 in Wellington, New Zealand – 24 April 2016 in Phnom Penh) was a New Zealand contemporary jeweller.

Annear completed a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and psychology in 1973, but later dismissed his degree as 'unimportant'. As a jeweller, Annear was self-taught, like many of his contemporaries.

Annear's early work was made in silver, and he also made paintings early in his career. In 1976 Annear read Theo Schoon's book Jade Country, and a few years later the work of John Edgar further piqued his interest in pounamu (New Zealand greenstone). On a 1986 trip to the west coast of New Zealand's South Island Annear gathered his first pieces of pounamu, and the material became very important for him. In 1991 he was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship to study ancient jade carvings in Asia, Europe, and North America.

In a 1988 article for Craft New Zealand craft historian Helen Schamroth discussed Annear's work, with particular reference to his 'bangles'. She wrote:

"Not all of them are necessarily wearable - rather they function as visual objects. 'Bangle' seems an easily recognisable descriptive label he uses to describe a series of circular and cylindrical forms. It seems of little consequence that the aperture might be too tight to fit over a hand, or that a hollow cylindrical shape would imprison the arm. By simplifying the imagery Paul has in fact driven the function out, leaving a form, a shape to be admired, sculpture rather than jewellery."

Annear was one of twelve artists selected for the 1988 Bone Stone Shell exhibition, a touring exhibition developed by the New Zealand Craft Council for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to "show overseas audiences the new and important direction of New Zealand jewellery". The works Annear made for Bone Stone Shell were all made of pounamu: he noted in the exhibition catalogue that 'Jade is the material that dominates my work at this time'. He described his work from this time as being inspired by an ‘imagined neolithic culture’ rather than specifically Maori forms: the strong geometric shapes of the pieces are derived from arrowheads, adzes and other implements.

From 1991 to 1996 Annear was a member of the contemporary jewellers collective, the Fingers group. His work was included in the 1993 survey of New Zealand jewellery Open Heart, curated by Elena Gee for The Dowse Art Museum. He also experimented with cast glass as a medium, with music and with animation, and in 2003 published The Artist – a colouring book for adults.

Annear retired to Cambodia in about 2000, where he continued to make jewellery. He died in Cambodia in April 2016.

Annear's work is held in a number of New Zealand public collections, including Auckland War Memorial Museum, The Dowse Art Museum and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

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Recent Exhibitions

Fingers Annual Group Show

Paddy Woodman, Hemisphere Pendant, 2015
Paddy Woodman, Hemisphere Pendant, 2015, oxidised stirling silver, kevlar cord

Kobi Bosshard & Peter Mckay

Kobi Bosshard, chalcedony and 18ct gold ring



Elfi Spiewack "OSSEOUS"

Elfi Spiewack, OSSEOUS
"It is an elegant juxtaposition of aesthetics and cultural favour. Precious pearls, refined and cossetted, lying in or on the contradictory materiality of bone and hair – elemental, visceral, sanded and polished or combed and curled into items of paradoxical beauty." Sally Blundell

In this body of work Elfi Spiewack finds a completely new form language for the unusually combined but in her eyes ‘not so different’ materials, bone, hair and pearls and challenges again preconceived definitions of preciousness and beauty.

Jose and Anna-Maria Bribiesca

Jose and Anna-Maria Bribiesca, ring

2015 Graduating Students Award

Sandra Schmid, brooch
    Sandra Schmid, Whitireia Polytechnic, brooch
  Please click the links below to view the catalogue
» Antonia Boyle, Otago Polytechnic
» Catherine Randall, Hungry Creek Art & Craft School
» Sandra Schmid, Whitireia Polytechnic
» Tracy Watson, Manukau School of Visual Arts
» Sarah Watters, Unitec School of Design

Showing till 17th August  2015


Moniek Schrijer, 'Flight of the Banana', brooch
Moniek Schrijer, 'Flight of the Banana', brooch
   Please click the links below to view the catalogue
» Warwick Freeman & Karl Fritsch, Alan Preston, Andrea Daly
   Renee Bevan, Fran Allison
» Roy Mason, Ross Malcolm, Peter Deckers
» John Edgar, Lisa Walker, Chris Charteris, Craig McIntosh
» Kobi Bosshard, Ann Culy, Gillian Deery, Matthew McIntyre-Wilson
» Octavia Cook, Jane Dodd, Shelley Norton, Rachel Bell
» Mary Curtis, Pauline Bern, Brian Adam, Marie Erl
» Moniek Schrijer, Sarah Walker-Holt, Sharon Fitness
   Jessica Winchcombe

Fingers turns 40!

Fingers 40th commemorative book
To mark our 40th anniversary, Batemans has published a new book by Damian Skinner and Finn McCahon-Jones, available now through Fingers and good booksellers.

Recent Exhibitions and New Stock:

Rainer Beneke

Rainer Beneke, 'Currency'
Rainer Beneke has minted his own coins – each the same dimension,
same weight, same metal as coins of the past and present.

Fingers Annual Group Show

Ross Malcolm, Ginko brooch, 2014


Workshop 6
21st Anniversary

Jane Dodd, brooch, 2014, 'The Explorer'


2014 Graduating Students Award

Given annually to outstanding final year visual arts students specialising in
Contemporary Jewellery, this year's Award Winners' exhibition features
the most recent works from our selected graduates of 2013
(Please click the links below to view the catalogue)
Brendon Monson, pendant

» Brendon Monson, Otago Polytechnic
» Laura Jer, Unitec School of Design
» Caroline Thomas, Whitireia Polytechnic


Joe Sheehan
» Russell Beck, John Edgar
» Joe Sheehan, Chris Charteris
» Donn Salt, Jamie Fergus
» Warwick Freeman, Craig McIntosh
» Ben Beattie, Andrew Ruskin
» Aaron Brown, Rhys Hall
» Johnny Percy, Mica Hubertus Mick