Otto Jakob (*1951) is a self-taught artist-goldsmith. At 17 years old Otto Jakob began to teach himself to make jewelry. Inspired by the magic and artistic power of Etruscan, Celtic and Hellenic masterpieces, he learned their complex techniques using treatises by Pliny and Cellini. Between 1977 and 1980 he studied painting with Georg Baselitz. Since 1980 he has devoted himself exclusively to the creation of jewelry. Otto Jakob employs 10 master goldsmiths in his atelier in Karlsruhe, and the output is limited to about 100 pieces a year. Despite this limitation, some of his customers have been able to build a collection of over 100 pieces in the course of the past 35 years.
Early collectors of Otto Jakob’s works were renowned contemporary German artists including Georg Baselitz, Jörg Immendorff, Markus Lüpertz, Günther Förg, and Sigmar Polke. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Otto Jakob’s most important market was the United States. Notable exhibitions in Europe during this time include Galerie Daniel Blau during the Munich Highlights in 2005, 2006 and 2007, and Katrin Bellinger at Colnaghi Gallery in London in 2007, 2009, and 2013. Otto Jakob first joined TEFAF in 2008 as a TEFAF Showcase exhibitor, and as a regular member the following year. Ben Janssens, the TEFAF president at the time, was quoted in the International Herald Tribune: “We chose him based on his striking designs and his crossover appeal to collectors of jewelry, antiquities, design and contemporary art. His pieces were so outstanding that the following year, we offered him a permanent stand.”(see attachment 2013/03/18 Int. Herald Tribune) His work is regularly featured in the spotlight of many international newspapers, who publish large articles about his work during
the time of the fair. (see attachment ‘Press’). Vivienne Becker chose Otto Jakob’s 1986 earrings ‘Turbines’ to include in her
much-noted work ‘The Impossible Collection of Jewelry’ that was published by Assouline in 2013 as a selection of 100 most
important pieces of the 20th Century. Exhibiting at TEFAF proved to be a substantial success; in addition to sales to existing customers who discovered TEFAF due to Otto Jakob’s participation in the last eight years, he also acquired a considerable number of new clients and collectors, some of
whom are fellow TEFAF exhibitors (see ‘References’). Otto Jakob’s customers often combine a high degree of traditional awareness with open-mindedness towards modern art. They
either possess cultural empathy or are themselves art collectors.