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Medals of London 2012 Olympics designed by Watkins

David Watkins is a British artist who has designed the medals for the London 2012 Olympics.[1] Watkins was also the special effects maker for the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.[2] He is a graduate of the University of Reading (1963 Fine Arts) and a Royal Designer for Industry.

The Wolverhampton born designer has produced work for the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo.[3]

National Life Stories conducted an oral history interview (C960/74) with Watkins in 2006 for its Crafts Lives collection held by the British Library.[4]

In 2010 a retrospective exhibition of his work was held at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, titled Artist in Jewellery, a Retrospective View (1972-2010).[5]

Selected publicationsEdit

  • David Watkins encounters. Barcelona: Sd-edicions-Hipòtesi joies, 2004. (With Barbara Cartlidge & Mònica Gaspar) ISBN 84-607-9243-9


  1. ^ London 2012: Olympic medals go into production in Wales. BBC News, 27 October 2011. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
  2. ^ London 2012 Olympics: medal designs unveiled. The Telegraph, 27 October 2011. Retrieved 27 October 2011. Archive here.
  3. ^ Wolverhampton designer wins contract for Olympic medals. Express & Star, 28 July 2011. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
  4. ^ Watkins, David (1 of 3) National Life Stories Collection: Crafts Lives, British Library Board: 2006. Retrieved 20 February 2018
  5. ^ Artist in Jewellery by David Watkins. Dezeen Magazine, 22 February 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2011. Archived here.

Further readingEdit

  • Chadour-Sampson, Beatriz. David Watkins, Artist in Jewellery. Stuttgart: Arnoldsche Art Publishers, 2008. ISBN 978-3-925369-96-4