In my native Brazil, in London and San Francisco, I’ve trained and worked in a diverse range of disciplines, through oil painting, silk-screen printing, film animation, hat design, gemology, ergonomics, interior accessories and jewellery design and manufacture.
My contemporary jewellery series have been exhibited in galleries in the UK, Ireland, Japan, Brazil and the USA and are sold worldwide. My jewellery is in the personal collection of actor Orlando Bloom and may be purchased at my online shop.
Parallel to the jewellery-making, I have produced two ‘green design’ work series of contemporary objects and sculptural lighting pieces designed and made in collaboration with wood artist Garvan McGrane and inspired by the elements water and air.
In 2004 I completed an MA Degree in Design Studies from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, in London, where I lived for 8 years and established my design-craft-art practice.
Since 2011 I have been dedicating time to figurative pencil drawings and fine art prints. I am currently working on a tradigital art series inspired by The Human Rights, womanhood and cross-cultural identity.
‘green design’ sculptures
Designed and made in collaboration with wood artist Garvan McGrane. Our common interest lies in re-assessing materials, with a true open mind. Reclaimed and re-used materials are the focus of the sculptural objects series– their inherent qualities are brought out in every piece.
Compact fluorescent lamps (which use up to a quarter of the electricity of incandescent bulbs therefore they have a key role in the efforts to fight climate change) are used in ALL lighting pieces. Sustainably managed wood is used in all sculptures.
Tactile, contemporary and ultimately wearable art pieces that are rootsy but urban, classy and yet understated…
Handmade with fine silver, pure silver, or as it is also called silver 999. Fine silver is softer, a crucial quality for the main making technique used: weaving. But weaving with unexpected characteristics developed through 30 years of jewellery-making. More info
All work is hand-crafted in my workshop and is made to order.
fine art prints
Figurative explorations on cross-cultural identity, womanhood, self-sufficiency and empowerment.
The drawings have been deeply influenced by the works of latin-american magic realism literature. The fantastical and the mythical, the bizarre and the idiosyncratic are present in every day life – I strive to uncover them in an attempt to provoke, disturb, inspire and, ultimately, celebrate our shared humanity.
Tradigital art prints created from my original traditional pencil on paper drawings worked digitally.
The Tradigital art series #1 was influenced by the great Photojournalism masters and their humanity and by the Film Noir directors with their gloomy grays and blacks and whites, emphasizing the shadowy and dark side of the human experience.
And it was inspired by Cordel Literature: the popular and inexpensively printed booklets containing short stories, poems and songs, which are produced and sold by street vendors mainly in the Northeast of Brazil, where the artist’s mother is from. They came from the papel volante tradition of Portugal and are usually produced in black and white and illustrated with woodcuts. The cordeis talk about popular day-to-day life’s trials and tribulations.
The tradigital series #2 ‘fallen angels’ was created in response to the works of William Blake.
Printed on Hahnemuhle smooth white 100% Rag based paper with archival quality pigment inks, in signed limited editions of 25.
He who binds to himself a joy
Does the winged life destroy;
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity’s sun rise.
~ William Blake ~
The bizarre and the idiosyncratic, the beautiful and harmonious are present in every day life- I strive to uncover them in an attempt to provoke, disturb, inspire and prompt reflection on our communality as one human race.
Original drawings series has been influenced by the afro-Brazilian orixas. They are deities or divinities and are such a great part of Brazilian culture. P’s representations portray them as timeless heroes and sages, inhabitants of the urban landscapes, full of magic as well as power and a profound sense of self-worth, of dignity.
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Design – Craft – Art. I strive to blur their boundaries: the thought and design that goes into conceiving the piece, the hand-crafted aspect and the skills which are required to realize it and its intrinsic artistic expression – all three are equally important to me.
I am a proud member of CRAFTed: Crafts Council of Ireland’s Education Panel which aims for the development and delivery of training programmes relating to the Visual Arts curriculum at primary level.
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P Gurgel-Segrillo is a member of Visual Artists Ireland, registered with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland and the London Assay Office, and am thankful for the support of the New Irish Art Project and for the assistance of the Cork City Enterprise Office
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