Luke Dowd was born in 1970 in New York and currently lives and works in London. A De Beers correspondent spotted his work at a London gallery and then went on to commission a portrait of the iconic Millennium Star.
The De Beers Millennium Star is a D-colour, internally and externally flawless pear-shape, cut to perfect proportions, weighing 203.04 carats. It is the second largest faceted D-Flawless diamond in the world, the 273.15 carat Centenary Diamond is the first. Luke Dowd’s image of this incredible diamond which took 3 years to cut, was created using readily available materials like spray paint and paper to recreate the almost mythical lustre of the diamond. On common sheets of paper, this painted diamond acts like the ghost of the Millenium Star; Dowd’s process of recreating on paper every single facet of the diamond makes the viewers dance across the artwork without any point of focus, allowing us to see something like the essence of the diamond as a choreography of lines.