Barry Perez original necklace made with sterling silver and 18k gold. Necklace is sterling silver and measures 20″ long. The handcrafted pendant is approximately 1.5″ x 1″.
Barry graduated from The University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, with a specialty in metalwork and a minor in anthropology. He has been making jewelry for 38 years. “My study in anthropology has had an influence on my work. I like to think of my art as a combination of different cultures.”
People have often commented on the African and Asian influences in his art. Each of his pieces is hand-fabricated using 18K Gold and Sterling silver, along with a variety of precious and semi-precious gems and minerals.
Two things stand out to create the Barry style:
Texture – Barry uses a variety of methods to create and accentuate texture in his jewelry art.
Sculpture – every one of Barry’s pieces of jewelry, be it a pin, pendant or earring, is a small sculpture – a sculpture that is worn by people rather than displayed on a wall or on a table.
Currently, Barry lives in Elgin, TX, near Austin. He has served on Elgin’s Main Street Board, including being the board’s president. He helped organize the local Art & Artisan’s organization in Elgin. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Cultural Arts of Waco Board of Directors.