Bigger is better when it comes to the artwork of Los Angeles-based artist Angie Crabtree. For his first exhibition in Beverly Hills entitled FLAWLESSCrabtree invites visitors to deepen their relationship with natural diamonds and gemstones through photorealistic oil paintings, digital art and now, a collection of limited-edition diamond jewelry.
Part art exhibition, part diamond jewelry pop-up, FLAWLESS is both a celebration of diamonds and an examination of the details and intricacies that make natural diamonds one of a kind. Crabtree, who has worked for royal families and brands like Chopard, showcases nearly two dozen paintings from the collection, which includes a mix of commissioned works, private paintings and artwork available for purchase. .
The work presented in FLAWLESS was created between 2019 and 2022, starting with a painting of the Argyle Alpha, a 3.14 carat emerald-cut hot pink diamond. The painting, which Crabtree has revisited several times over the years to perfect it, is just one of the large-scale masterpieces that make up the exhibit. Other highlights from FLAWLESS include a 10-foot painting of a 21-carat emerald-cut diamond that took approximately 200 hours to create and a portrait of the 3.88-carat Fancy Vivid Green Shangri-La diamond.
Depending on the complexity of the stone Crabtree is painting and the scale of the artwork, paintings can take up to 300 hours and up to six months to create. Crabtree does not rely on Google for diamond images. When she’s ready to paint a stone, she turns to friends for diamonds and works with a gemstone photographer to take pictures of the stones from all angles. “Whenever I’m looking for a stone, I ask around,” Crabtree told Only Natural Diamonds.
“It’s interesting that I have a different perspective on diamonds because I didn’t grow up around them,” says Crabtree. Originally from Sonoma, Crabtree discovered diamonds later in life, although she grew up admiring her mother’s modest diamond engagement ring. A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, Crabtree began painting diamonds in 2011 for an exhibition titled Live the american dream which challenged perceptions of wealth and luxury. For FLAWLESS, Crabtree wanted to retain creative control over how her art is presented, bypassing the established gallery route and opting for a space that she and her team can freely manage. One of the benefits of having the exhibit in its own space is that Crabtree can host events, collaborations and pop-ups with some of its favorite designers like affordable diamond jewelry brand Janvier LA. Tanya Parikh, diamond wholesaler and founder of Janvier LA, was the first person to give Crabtree access to real diamonds and taught her everything she knows about the industry. “The more I learn about the stones and see them in person, the more I appreciate them,” says Crabtree.
Crabtree’s appreciation for diamonds extends far beyond the work she produces with oil and canvas. Blending mediums, surfaces and formats, Crabtree’s diamonds adorn physical products such as cellphone cases, hand-painted sneakers and luxury handbags, while taking up space in the world. NFTs. After years of painting diamonds, Crabtree turned to working with the diamonds themselves, creating wearable art with her first AC Jewels collection of nearly a dozen rings, earrings and necklaces. in limited edition. All parts are visible at FLAWLESS.
“All my collectors who collect paintings, collect jewelry,” Crabtree says of her foray into the world of jewelry design. Although she initially thought she would create Fabergé-esque pieces following the success of her paintings, jewelry design was ultimately her next best move. The first collection includes personalized and limited edition jewelry, such as a necklace with asscher and round cut diamonds, diamond earrings, stackable rings and personalized engagement rings. Each of its pieces is accompanied by an original painting or print, and AC Jewels is also offering collectors a chance to acquire a 10.10 carat pear-shaped loose diamond, as well as a hand-painted portrait. 3 foot hand and an NFT.
As Crabtree expands into new creative territory, it is grounded in its genuine love for natural diamonds in all their forms. “In the beginning, for me, diamonds simply represented success and love. Now, seeing the process go from rough to faceted, it’s an art form,” she says. nature is an art form, and I paint them, and it’s an art form. They become jewelry and then people wear them, which is another art form. For me, it’s is about the art and beauty of diamonds.
FLAWLESS will be exhibited until August 14, 2022 in Beverly Hills by appointment only.