Thalen & thalen*
Medium: 140 oz of fine silver (.999/000)
Size: 15" x 9.4" x 8.7"
The design and craftsmanship behind Belgium-based “Thalen & Thalen” lie in the hands of father and son duo Rob and Jaap Thalen. Born in 1954, Rob Thalen studied as a silversmith and began his career as a sculptor in The Netherlands in 1982. He relocated to Belgium in 2001, where he currently lives in the Ardennes Mountains near the city of Spa. In 2005 he was joined by his son Jaap, and since then the duo has specialized in monumental contemporary works in silver. Jaap studied architecture in Belgium and now works alongside his father as a designer and silversmith.
Thalen & Thalen is unique in that its creators work predominantly in fine silver (.999/000), otherwise known as pure silver. In fact, the duo cites purity as a guiding concept in their work, incorporating purity of both material and expression into every piece. All of their creations are hallmarked in the Netherlands and receive the requisite government-issued hallmarks.
The Thalens have garnered attention worldwide and have exhibited worldwide, including their most recent exhibitions at TEFAF 2015 and at the Gemeentemuseum den Haag in 2016. Their works have been exhibited at a number of museums including Schoonhoven Zilvermuseum (The Netherlands), Sterckshof Zilvermuseum Antwerpen (Belgium), Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus Hanau (Germany), Neue Pinakothek Munchen (Germany), Design Museum Gent (Belgium), the International Design Museum Munich (Germany), and Museum Kunstgewerbesammlung Huelsmann (Germany), among others. Their works can be found in public and private collections across the globe.
* Long-Sharp Gallery is honored to represent Thalen & Thalen. The artists are also represented by Tansey Contemporary (Denver, CO and Santa Fe, NM).