Diamonds are often thought of as objects of beauty, but very few artists have used the gems as subjects the way Jonathan Saiz has. And it isn’t as though Saiz is content with simply emulating the look of those shiny rocks; he actually paints complex scenes into the facets of the precious stones. Gaze long enough into these paintings and you’ll find cathedrals, statues, people riding on horseback and grim skulls hidden away. It’s almost as though each diamond acts as a time capsule for human art and history.
Jonathan Saiz’s use of pastel and muted colors is also worth mentioning as they add personality to the individual gems. And it’s quite remarkable that he’s able to capture the reflective nature of diamonds almost in a hyperrealistic manner.
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