Dorothy Erickson

Dorothy Erickson Jewellery available at Artsite  Contemporary, Sydney
Dorothy Erickson is an Australian Master artist-jeweller who has been exhibiting one of a kind jewellery, internationally since 1979, with over 40+ solo exhibitions in Australia and Europe.

In 2020, Dorothy Erickson was inducted into The Design Institute of Australia, Hall of Fame, and received Curtin University's Lifetime Achievement Award. The Royal Western Australian Historical Society conferred a Fellowship on Dorothy Erickson in 2019 and she won the 2017 WA Heritage Award (Individual).  Her book Inspired by Light and Land: Designers and Makers in Western Australia 1829-1969was shortlisted for the Premier's Book Award in 2016.

Dr Dorothy Erickson has been exhibiting at Artsite Galleries since 2011, and is represented in numerous public and private collections both in Australia and Internationally.

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My work has varied considerably over the years but enduring interests, are colour, geometry and nature. I have bodies of work that reflect the light and land of Western Australia, others where the focus has been on kinetics in jewellery... my twenty-first century collection features precious gemstones to translate the paintings of Austrian Gustav Klimt into jewels to wear.

Dorothy has been immersed in the unique flora that is Western Australia's heritage for as long as she can remember. Erickson grew up on a farm at Bolgart. Her paternal grandfather had a goldmine and her mother was the naturalist, wildflower painter and author Rica Erickson. She studied botany as part of a teaching degree and the 1960s saw her enrolling at the Chelsea Institute in London while researching Australian plants at Kew Gardens and the Natural History Museum, South Kensington.

Her interest in the minutiae of nature has never waned and in researching the book, A Joy Forever: The Story of Kings Park, she turned her attention to wildflowers as a subject for her jewellery. Following her mother's death in 2009, many pieces were based on Rica’s paintings.

Few of the jewellery pieces are literal translations, instead they evoke the colour, form or habit of individual species of our precious and endangered floral heritage. ~ Dorothy Erickson.

Dorothy Erickson (Phd, UWA 1992) is a significant researcher, writer and art critic in her own right. She has four books published to date, including:  A Joy Forever: The Story of Kings Park (2009); Gold and Silversmithing in Western Australia: A History (2010); Inspired by Light and Land: Designers and Makers in Western Australia 1829-1969 (2014)  and A Passion for Silversmithing: PHILIP NOAKES: Gold and Silversmith (2019).


Artist Profile

Solo Exhibitions

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2016 Jewels: A Joy Forever, Gray Reid Gallery, Melbourne.  
2015 Her Mother’s Daughter: Rica and Dorothy Erickson, Ellenbrook Gallery, Ellenbrook WA  
2014 Twenty first Century Work, Artsite Galleries, Sydney, NSW  
2012 Artisan, Queensland
2012 Artisan, Lubljana, Solvenia
2009 Wildflower Collection, Aspects of Kings Park, WA
Jam Factory Design Centre, Adelaide, South Australia.
2006, 05, 04 From the Sea Shore– St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, Valletta, Malta.
2006 Australian Littoral – Fine Arts Museum, Valetta, Malta
2005 Galerie Atelier Leitner, Vienna, Austria.
2004, 01 Homage to Klimt- Agnesgasse Galerie, Vienna, Austria,
2004 Homage to Klimt - Katherine Kalaf Gallery, Cottesloe, WA
2004 Makers Mark Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
2003, 99 78 Makers Mark Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
2003, 99 78 Australian Littoral- Smynios Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
2002 Galerie Düsseldorf, Perth, Western Australia,
2001, 85, 84 Landschaft - Gaswerk Galerie, Schwabach, Germany.
2001 Beaver Galleries, ACT, Australia.
2000, 80 Aptos Cruz, Stirling, South Australia.
2000 Pearl Fisher's Gallery, Broome, Western Australia.
1993 The Gallery in the Palais, Vienna, Austria.
1990 Contemporary Jewellery Gallery, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
1986 Pilbara Collection - 'L Unique', Adelaide, South Australia.
1985 Gallery 62, Newcastle, NSW, Australia.
1984 Narek Gallery, Tharwa ACT, Australia.
1984 Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
1983 Galerie am Graben, Vienna, Austria.
1983 Bonython Gallery, Adelaide, SA.
1981 Gallery 52, Claremont, WA.
1980 Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide, SA.

Group Exhibitions (Recent)

2021 Know My Name 2, National Gallery of Australia, ACT.
Australian National Brooch Show” Contemporary Art Society, Melbourne.

2021, 20, 19,
17, 16, 14, 13,
12, 11

Artsite Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2020 “The Best of the West - Aspects of Kings Park, Perth, WA.
2018 To Have and to Hold, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA.
Culture Juice – Beyond Bling, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, WA.
WAnt: contemporary jewellery from WA, The Gallery, Ellenbrook, WA.
WAnt: contemporary jewellery from WA, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, Bunbury, WA.
2011 Cinderella Stories: WA Contemporary Jewellery, Artsite Galleries, Sydney, NSW
Beaver Galleries, Canberra, ACT
2011, 05, 04, 00 Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor, Artisan, Qld
2006 Lesley Craze Galleries, London, UK
2001 The Crafted Object 1960s-1980s, National Gallery of Australia, ACT.
2000 Sommerfestival, Galerie Slavik, Vienna, Austria
1997-2000 Metal Element III, Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1992-93 Artistic Australia, touring exhibition, Japan
1993 Chicago International New Art Forms Exposition (CINAF), Chicago, USA
1998-99 The Second Australian Contemporary Jewellery Biennial, Japan


2005, 01, 98,
88, 81, 79, 77

Master Craftsman Grant and Travel/Study Grants

2000, 97

Arts WA Publishing Grant.


Arts WA Writing Grant.


Arts WA Research Grant


Inaugural Powerhouse Prize for Australiana, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, NSW

1991, 90, 89,
88, 87

Research Award, University of Western Australia..


Margaret and Herbert Horsfall Bursary, Centre for Fine Arts, UWA.


City of Perth Craft Award
Purchase Award, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania.


Professional Development Grant, Australia Council



Moore, Margaret. Dorothy Erickson (monograph), published 2000

Craft Arts International No.83, 2011 | Meredith Hinchcliffe | Cinderella Stories - Contemporary Jewellery from Western Australia | page 02-03.

Cinderella Stories - Contemporary Jewellery from Western Australia - Meredith Hinchcliffe, pp 02-03. Craft Arts International No.83, 2011

Read Exhibition Article World of Antiques and Art 2011 Issue 81 pages 60-63

Journeys in Design - Vibrant Contemporary Jewellers,  Dorothy Erickson, pp 60-63. World of Antiques and Arts Magazine, #81, August, 2011

  Dorothy Erickson - Homage to Klimt in Jewellery, Craft Arts International (Sydney) no 62, 2004, pp. 98-99.
Craft Australia interviews Erickson about her influences, styles and techniques as well as the challenges in sustaining a contemporary independent jewellery practice in 2011.

Dorothy Erickson, Kinetic jewellery - interacting with light and land, Kathryn Wells, Craft Australia Library series: Interview: 19 April 2011.
Abstract: Innovative multi-use or multi-placement jewellery that reacts to body movement is the hallmark of Dorothy Erickson, the first Western Australian (WA) born and trained craft jeweller to make it onto the international stage. Craft Australia interviews Erickson about her influences, styles and techniques as well as the challenges in sustaining a contemporary independent jewellery practice in 2011.

Dorothy Erickson featured in Patricia Anderson's Book 'Contemporary Jewellery & Australia-New-Zealand, Thanes & Hudson Imprint Craftsman House, 1998

Anderson, Patricia. Contemporary Jewellery: Australia and New Zealand Sydney: Thames & Hudson, Imprint Craftsman House,1998.


Anderson, Patricia, Contemporary Australian Jewellery — 1977-1987. Sydney: Millenium, 1988.

Contemporary Jewellery: The Australian Experience covers the thinking and practice since 1977. The books brings together the thoughts and work of fifty-seven Australian jewellers including Dorothy Erickson.


Stubbs, Robyn. Jewellery. The Support Yourself Series. Sydney: Fontana/Collins, 1986.


Cartlidge, Barbara. Twentieth Century Jewellery. New York: Abrams, 1985.


Moult, Alan. Craft in Australia. Sydney: Reed, 1984.


Craftworks by 12 Western Australians. Perth: Art Gallery of W.A., 1982.


Contemporary Australian Jewellery. Sydney: Craft Board of the Australian Council, 1980.


Public Collections

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim, Germany
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
Curtin University, Perth, WA
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, WA
The South Australian Art Gallery, Adelaide, SA
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, TAS
The Powerhouse Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney, NSW
Methodist Ladies College, Claremont, Perth, WA
The Holmes à Court Collection, Perth, WA
Inge Asenbaum Collection, Dallas Museum of Art, USA
Wendy Ramshaw Collection, London, UK
Alice and Louis Koch Collection, Swiss National Museum Zurich, Switzerland
National Fine Arts Museum, Valletta, Malta.

Private Collections

Australia, U.S.A., Canada, UK, Europe, China, Japan, Namibia and New Zealand.

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Chorizema ilicifolium, Wildflower Collection


Die Erwartung II - Homage to Klimt


Fulfilment II - Homage to Klimt


Amethyst Expectation: Homage to Klimt


Ashby’s Banksia


Brunhilde Collar


Fulfilment V – Homage to Klimt


Rhodalite and 18ct gold earings


For Nuda Veritas - Homage to Klimt


Cockatoo - The Birds


Fulfilment I - Homage to Klimt