Earl Pardon was an extraordinarily inventive jewelry artist whose explorations of color, form, pattern and texture in precious metal have set the standard in the United States for contemporary art jewelry. The artist’s delight in his materials – gold, sterling, enamel, and gemstones – led him to create an unparalleled collection of art jewelry for over thirty-five years. Pardon’s jewelry comprises many series of works, dating from the 1950’s to the 1990’s. The exploration of an idea or motif is clearly visible within each series, which may be a group of a dozen pieces produced in one year or many works created over a number of years.
Earl Pardon received a BFA in Painting from the Memphis Academy of Art and an MFA, also in Painting from Syracuse University. His jewelry is in the collection of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Museum of Arts and Design, and the Racine Art Museum.