Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand
And measured off the heavens with a span?
Fire causes water to boil -
He turned the waters into blood and
Now the water, yellow and black is bent and shaped.
The Crinkle and Crankle of Water (Black Brass, automotive lacquer 64 x 64 x 4)
1997 THE INTERVENTION OF RED, part 3 of AAA......................REDEVENT, Galerie Biró, Munich, Germany.
1979 Kym Bonython Gallery, Adelaide.
1996 REDLINE, part 2 of AAA...............REDEVENT, Lauraine Diggins Fine Art. Melbourne.
1995 WORD Action Artefact: Worship, Celebration Arts, St. Johns, Southgate, Melbourne.
1993 Adornments From the Waikato and Beyond, Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne
1992 Adventures of the ARCHEGOS, Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne.
1992-3 The Art of the Goldsmith, Touring exhibition in New Zealand:
1989 The Plenitude, Solander Gallery, Canberra.
1985 A Journey to the Plenitude, Realities, Melbourne, Australia.
1982 Antipodean Forms, Bonython Gallery, Adelaide.
1981 A Visible Likeness..., Robin Gibson, Sydney
1978 Sculpture to be Worn, David Jones Art Gallery, Sydney.
1977 Sculpture, Jewellery and Other Objects, Realities Gallery, Melbourne
Awards And Prizes
1999 Received an Andrew Mellon Conservation Fellowship at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
1998 Finalist, The Deacons Graham & James Arts Award, The Potter Museum, Melbourne
1998 Winner; The Seppelt Contemporary Art Award, ($15, 000) Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
1997 Winner; Cicely and Colin Rigg Craft Award, 1997, ($30, 000) National Gallery of Victoria
1995 Winner; VicHealth National Craft Award acquisition Melbourne.
1994 9 LIVES, Customs House, June, Melbourne.
1995 The Beast Won’t Sleep, 300 Russell St, Melbourne.
1996 TOY TO TOY, Customs House, June, Melbourne.
In his previous work, Robert Baines has been able to combine ordinary items, such as drink cans and bike reflectors, with precious silver and gold forms without a touch of irony. In this case, Baines turns water into a jewel through his dextrous rippling of metal.