Bio and Artist Statement

Paul McClure is a Canadian artist and designer of contemporary jewellery. His work is represented in private and public collections including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Canadian Museum of History; Design Museum of Barcelona; and National Museum of Scotland. He graduated from NSCAD University, Halifax, Canada (BFA, 1989); Escola Massana, Barcelona, Spain; and National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland (MA, 1999). McClure exhibits and lectures throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He is professor and program coordinator for Jewellery Studies at George Brown College in Toronto. In 2015, McClure received the Saidye Bronfman Award, a Governor General’s Award, Canada’s foremost distinction for excellence in the visual arts.

McClure’s jewellery interprets the body at the microscopic level to reflect our humanity in an era of medical advancement. The fields of biology, pathology and genetics inspire his work and reveal our increasingly digital, biotechnological understanding of life. Formats and concepts from the history of jewellery and ornamentation ground his contemporary reflection on the human body. In wearing McClure’s jewellery, the invisible body becomes visible adornment.

Paul is represented by Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h in Montréal.

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Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts