Oz Arts – Philip Noakes Review
Sculptural Silver at the University of Western Australia
Philip Noakes is recognised as one of the outstanding contemporary jewellers, goldsmiths, and silversmiths working in this country. Over many decades he has earned a reputation as a consummate craftsman and a highly original and innovativeartist within the expanded world of metal craft
From his early study for the technically demanding four-year full-time Diplomain the Design and Craftsmanship of Silversmithing at Sir John Cass College of Art, London in 1972 he has taken opportunities as they arose and initiated them when they didn’t, thus fashioning his practice to be constantly reflexive to the changing environment in which he finds himself. While at ‘The Cass’ Philip remembers theexcitement of seeing works by David Hockney, René Magritte, Andy Warhol, Lucie Rie, Hans Coper and Henning Koppel.