"The goldsmith Giampaolo Babetto and his works together embody two principles: both he and his jewels are marked by sensitivity and precision. These two principles come to fruition in geometry, which is the fundamental premise for a most sensitive and precise use of Babetto's creative powers. Whatever his artistic development may be, even in the future, it will be based on these principles, of sensitivity and precision, linked to traces of an age-old and deep-rooted magic that has always been part of the creative work of a true artist of the goldsmith's craft".

Dr Fritz Falk     
Curator of the Pforzheim Museum     

"Without a doubt Giampaolo Babetto is an important member of a small but very influential group of contemporary goldsmiths who have been making authentic contributions to the development of their craft. His jewelled creations are always characterized by a sense of great delicacy, sustained by an exemplary technique. His works are full of hidden and clever touches, with delightful transformations of shape and surface and eloquent homages to gold. Few contemporary artists have used their materials so effectively. I think that among those of his generation, he is the Italian goldsmith par excellence and one of the best in Europe.
A jeweller, a goldsmith, and an extraordinary artist".

David Watkins     
Professor, Royal College of Art in London     


As a creator of artistic jewels, do you give priority to form or function?

"I like to create jewels: that is, I like them to be wearable. In my opinion, a jewel must be more interesting once it is worn than when it is held in your hand. However, I don't want to limit myself from the outset, I like starting from a distance, starting from myself, letting myself go through my drawing - which is a thing I really love - whether it can be transformed into a jewel or not. Then I take the elements that come out of the drawing and try to put them together and give them a function. It's not exactly a "design" process. Rather, at some point, you find a form that you think will become a jewel. I think this is what a sculptor does, only I give a function to what is an artistic creation".

What brings you towards such synthetic forms, which someone once defined as "a mathematic essence, however poetic?"

"I've always avoided any sort of decoration in my work, I've always wanted a clean form, not so much to discover a geometrical or mathematic process behind the form, but because it's better to use a form that is somehow pure. My work is not made of appearances, I'd like it to be something that comes from the inside, that expresses an inwardness; however, I want it to stay discreet, I want to connect the object I make with the person I am. So I use pure geometrical forms because they suit me, and I try to make them sensitive, to communicate something of myself to these forms. Even the fact that many of them are empty has a purpose: the inner space creates an external tension. If one of these forms were full, it would be dead. The solid but empty form gives a massive appearance to the piece, yet you get a feeling of great lightness when you take it in hand".

  Gioielli d'Autore
Padova e la Scuola dell'oro
Palazzo della Ragione
4 April - 3 August 2008

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Giampaolo Babetto was born in
Padua (Italy) in 1947. He studied
at the Pietro Selvatico Art Institute
in Padua and at the Academy
of Belles Artes in Venice. From
1967 he exhibited his work in Italy,
Germany, Holland, Belgium, Austria,
Switzerland, Great Britain, Japan,
and the USA. His works are in the
permanent collection of the
Pforzheim Museum Collection.
He lives and works in Arquà
Petrarca (Padua).
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Herbert Hoffmann, 1975/1985.
Gran Prix Japan Jewellery
Design Association, 1983.
Gold Medal of Bavaria, 1991.
Ring of Honour "Foundation
of the Ring of Honour of
the Association of Goldsmith's
Art", Hanau, 2003.
Career Excellence Award,
New York, 2003.
Via Aganoor 75, 35032 Arquà Petrarca (PD) Tel: +390429 718005