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Debra Force Fine Art

Debra Force Fine Art

Debra Force Fine Art, Inc., established in 1999, specializes in American paintings, drawings and sculpture from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. In conjunction with paintings and works on paper, the gallery is currently featuring a selection of 21 bracelets, necklaces/pendants, and rings designed by Rolph Scarlett (1889-1984) from the 1960s and 1970s.

Scarlett designed his jewelry in the American Modernist tradition embraced by other painters and sculptors including Ibram Lassaw, Alexander Calder, and Harry Bertoia. Some of Scarlett’s designs were organic and others biomorphic or constructivist in nature. His esthetic was based upon showing the method of fabrication, wherein rough edges were often left around joints holding bits of tarnish, thereby creating greater depth and variations in color and texture. As in his two-dimensional paintings and works on paper, his jewelry is a combination of intersecting triangles, circles, and squares, blending geometric and natural forms into wearable sculpture.

The works in this exhibition were acquired directly from the artist by a private collector in Massachusetts; this is the first time they are being shown publicly.