Nel Linssen (1935 – 2016, The Netherlands) graduated in 1956 from the Academy of Visual Arts in Arnhem, The Netherlands. In her early art career she worked with various media including stained glass, mosaic and wall tapestries. In the mid-80s of the twentieth century she started focussing on bracelets, necklaces and utensils made of folded, washable paper, in which structure, simplicity and rhythm play a major role. Her paper jewelry objects consequently are the outcome of a long and dedicated search to find the right paper and the right technique of cutting, folding, drilling and threading.
The works currently available from the gallery have been part of a private collection and were kept by the first collectors as objects of contemporary art. These works are therefore in mint condition and come in their original box from the artist’s studio. The objects can of course be worn as necklaces or bracelets, but like with its former owners, they can also happily sit as objects of art on side tables, small art shelves or even in treasure cabinets. Her objects are best known for the endlessly changing colours, caused by both change of perspective as well as manipulation of its shape.
Nel Linssen has received extensive international acclaim for her work which has been exhibited all over the world. Renowned museums have included her work in their collections, including the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, The Valkhof Museum Nijmegen, the Victoria & Albert Museum London, the Scottish Museum Edinburgh, the Hermitage St. Petersburg, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum New York, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the National Gallery of Victoria Melbourne and many, many more. And of course, her work has found its way to numerous private collections worldwide too.