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Paul Leathers BFA ‘84

Studio metalsmith, Paul Leathers RCA completed his undergraduate studies at Sheridan College’s School of Crafts & Design and NSCAD University, and his graduate studies at the University of Calgary.

Leathers deals with strategies of desire and attraction, inventing evocative forms that use materiality and light to re(locate) the viewer. His conceptual plans are generated out of the investigation and application of non-Albertian visual systems that explore the objective relationship between viewer, viewed and viewpoint. His artworks both reveal and subvert the primacy of the gaze while engaging the viewer as an active participant: the object as lure.

As well as presenting lectures and workshops internationally, he has taught at the Alberta College of Art and Design, the University of Calgary, has headed the Jewellery & Small Object Design studio at the Kootenay School of the Arts, and developed and delivered the Jewellery Arts vocational programming for Manitoba Education, Training and Youth.

Leathers has participated in overseas artist’s residencies, has exhibited in solo and international group shows, and has participated with his partner, ceramic artist Trudy Golley RCA in a number of exhibitions of their collaborative works. The recipient of numerous awards and grants, Paul was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2006.


Set of Wedding Rings
, 2006. Depletion gilt 14Kt yellow and white gold with yellow diamond. Commissioned.


Bless Your Black Heart
, 2009. Sculptural installation on wall-shelf: Pierced porcelain form (Sandra Black, AUS), ceramic, Hydrocal, wood, paint, glass, Styrofoam, charcoal, bronze, pewter, steel.


Esther’s Brooch
, 2008. Sterling silver with cabochon cut almandine garnet.