Dickson Yewn Chinese, b. 1970

Dickson Yewn


Dickson Yewn is a Hong Kong born artist educated in Paris, Ottawa and New York.
His conceptual fine jewellery collections draw inspiration from Eastern philosophy, mysticism and Chinese culture. Dickson has been featured in 7 solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions worldwide and his art works are collected by the Heritage Museum of Hong Kong and the City of Montpellier in France.


The Least Understood Beauty In The World Next To The Empire of Flower

Beauty is fragile, very often misunderstood and misinterpreted. This misunderstanding extends to all forms of beauty. Contemporary art and applied art & design of butterflies are often rigid and unnatural in the choice of colors and materials, many times overly decorated with expensive stones which change the original appearance of butterflies in the most unforgiving manner, making no reference to the species that they are supposed to represent. Yewn creates his "Dream and Reality" series of artworks to address this misrepresentation. Each and every piece of this butterfly inspired collection is named after the original species, devoting the utmost attention to mimic the true nature of the species, regardless of the commercial values of the precious or non-precious materials being used.

While studying the Taoist way of nature, Dickson was fascinated with the famous Taoist story named “Zhuang zhou Becoming a Butterfly”. Zhuang zhou is Taoism’s earlier representative figure, and in his story, he had dreamt that he had transformed into a butterfly and he began to wonder if he was a man dreaming that he was a butterfly, or if he was a butterfly dreaming that he was a man. Inspired by this dream that Zhuang zhou had which marked the transformation of material things, Yewn dreamed of all human beings becoming butterflies, and were systematically caught by butterfly-turned-human beings in their nets for specimens or being studied to become distorted replicas of butterflies used in fine jewellery.

Available in limited edition of 8 “unique pieces”, this group of artworks will eventually showcase 60 species of “true to form butterflies” in total, with the last edition planned to donate to any Museum of Natural History who shares the same appreciation of Yewn for this beautiful, least understood species next to the world of flower.