The Amanda Dunbar Fine Art Gallery will host the first-ever ‘Precious Rebels®’ exhibit featuring the artist’s one-of-a-kind Swarovski™ crystal art instruments, which have become the hottest and most sought-after functional art pieces by musical performers and art collectors around the world. The exhibit features dozens of jewelled art instruments that have been commissioned for celebrity-elite concerts and world tours, and used by famous performers such as the Black Eyed Peas, Taylor Swift, and Nickelback.
This is the first time the Precious Rebels® pieces will be displayed collectively to the public with 49 pieces displayed out of the 62 created. The exhibit opens to the public with an event on Saturday, November 19, and runs through December 31.
The public is encouraged to attend the opening night event, which will be held at the Amanda Dunbar Fine Art Gallery from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 152 Glass Street, Suite 102 in Dallas, Texas. To attend, guests must RSVP at www.preciousrebels.com by Friday, November 18. The opening night event includes a musical performance, hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.
The Precious Rebel® guitars and musical instruments are designed to be more than beautiful sculptures or simple musical tools. They are an integration of technology, art and music that are meant to be played, displayed and enjoyed. Each Precious Rebel® piece takes a minimum of two weeks to complete, and can cost over $75,000.
“I’m very much a visual artist, and each instrument I create is a carefully-crafted, custom piece of art. I use only high-end materials and incorporate a variety of themes, concepts and colors to enhance the function and visual appeal of each piece. I place thousands of Swarovski™ crystals by hand on each instrument’s surface to create a one-of-a-kind piece of functional art,” said Amanda Dunbar, artist.
“I’m excited to show the Precious Rebels® collection to the public for the first time, and show my personal style and sometimes my sense of humour in each crystal-clad design. The Precious Rebels® instruments have allowed me to push the boundaries of my art not only in a new medium, but also by creating pieces of art that people can play and enjoy for a lifetime.”
The Precious Rebels® collection includes high-end, custom art guitars, but also other beautifully constructed, custom stringed instruments. Certain Precious Rebels® collection pieces have been released as limited-edition, collector’s items with luxury retailer Neiman Marcus, in addition to gaining attention during the 50th anniversary of the Grammy awards. The instrument collection was originally released during the 2008 International Art Basel show in Miami, and has continued to grow with new pieces created each year.
All Precious Rebel® instruments are fitted with RFID technology to ensure collectors that they are in possession of a genuine and original Precious Rebels® art piece. Upon completion, each instrument is documented and security catalogued by the Amanda Dunbar Fine Art Gallery.
Amanda Dunbar’s name and artwork has become synonymous with breaking records and boundaries. As an artist, Amanda has become a multimillion dollar selling phenomenon, an art advocate supporting children’s causes, and an active international philanthropist. At age 23, she became the youngest inductee, as well as the only painter, to the Texas Governor’s Women’s Hall of Fame, joining elite company such as astronaut Sally Ride, and former first lady Barbara Bush. She was also awarded with a Distinguished Alumni Emerging Leader Award from Southern Methodist University, and the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) State Americanism Medal of Honor in 2009.
Born in Canada, but raised in Dallas, Amanda began her art career at the young age of 12, gaining attention from media icons such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show and ABC World News. She has received numerous prestigious awards and industry respect, as well as creating a thriving studio art business. The Precious Rebels® instruments are collected by art and guitar aficionados worldwide, and continue to receive international acclaim and recognition in the art world.