Van McKenzie, Biography

Van McKenzieVan McKenzie graduated with Honours in goldsmithing from George Brown College in 1992 and was a resident of the Craft Studios at Harbourfront Centre 1992-1995.



He is the recipient of numerous awards:

  • Crafts Grant, Ontario Arts Council, 2004
  • Best Jewellery, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, 1995,1996,1998
  • Jury Prize for Excellence in the Visual Arts, 2000, Royal Canadian Academy of Artists.

Van has taught jewellery courses for the Toronto District School Board, Continuing Education; Mohawk College (Hamilton), Continuing Education; George Brown College and the Ontario College of Art and Design. He currently maintains a jewellery studio in Toronto where he is the sole designer/maker.

Artist's Statement

Simplicity and complexity are two seemingly contradictory concepts I strive to unite in the jewellery I create. I seek to inspire the viewer/wearer in the endless possibilities of these dualities.

I am fascinated by the repetition of natural forms and the massing that results as they are linked together to form fluid, tactile pieces of jewellery. The same form, in isolation, reveals simplicity as the basis of complexity.

It is my goal to uncover this basic truth in each piece I make: the simplicity of the complex and the complexity of the simple.