Professor Robert Baines

Position

Adjunct Professor

School /
Work Unit

Art

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 2727

robert.baines@rmit.edu.au

Location

Building: 006
Level: 03
Room: 008

City campus

College/Portfolio

College of Design and Social Context


 

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Key activities

For more than 30 years, Robert Baines has profoundly shaped Australian jewellery, object-making and international historical scholarship. With wry humour, his works challenge our conception of the world as much as they delight with their technical brilliance. A professor of RMIT University, Melbourne, where he continues to teach gold and silversmithing, Baines’s multifaceted practice encompasses his work as an artist-goldsmith, scholarship in archeometallurgy, and ongoing criticism and commentary in the field of contemporary crafts. His internationally recognised study of archaeological treasures in gold grounds his own craft practice, achieving a sense of continuity with his ancient colleagues and providing a platform to toy with the mythology of our own culture.

Copyright: Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design

Dr. Robert Baines is emeritus professor of RMIT University in the School of Art. His multi-disciplinary research is comprised of three areas: first as an artist goldsmith; second in archaeometallurgy; and third in publishing text and commentary. In 1979 he received a Winston Churchill Study Grant and this has been followed by Senior Fulbright and two Senior Andrew Mellon Conservation Fellowships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and in 2008 a research scholarship in The Sherman Fairchild Center for Objects Conservation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

His work as an exhibiting artist goldsmith is collected in prestigious public collections in Great Britain, Germany, France, New Zealand, USA and Australia such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art NY; Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris; Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the National Gallery of Australia.

Exhibiting internationally he is the winner of major international and national prizes such as the Bayerischer Staatspreis 2005 gold medal at the 57 Internationale Handwerksmesse, München; Friedrich Becker Preis 2008, and in Australia the Cicely and Colin Rigg Craft Award, 1997 (the richest craft prize in Australia) at the National Gallery of Victoria; The Seppelt Contemporary Art Award, 1998 Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

Robert Baines also holds a Master of Arts in classics and archaeology and has made a significant contribution to Australian jewellery, object-making, and international historical scholarship and publishing for over 40 years.

Most recent books published are Partyline (RMIT Press 2004); Bracelet’ Java-la-Grande’ (Palgrave Macmillan 2006); Treasure room Australia-SchatzkammerAustralien, (Australia Scholarly Publishing 2009); More Amazing Schmuck Stories by Robert Baines (Australia Scholarly Publishing 2009); and Australian Jewellery Topos (Australia Scholarly Publishing).

Robert Baines PhD was entitled, The Reconstruction of Historical Jewellery and its Relevance as Contemporary Artefact. His research was to analyse historical jewellery and to construct copies based on the known technology of the era. Resultant laboratory constructions with their historical correctness were then available for reworking to convey a contemporary visual relevance and a statement of history.

Qualifications

Ph.D in Fine Art, MA in Classics and Archaeology; Diploma of Art.

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