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Di West

Apr
02

Di West worked formerly in the Interior Design industry, winning several awards from The Housing Industry Association of Queensland. In 1993, she studied for a Certificate in Fine Art and later a Diploma in Fine Art, both received from the Brisbane Institute of Art. In 2002, Di finished a Master in Fine Art Degree completed at QUT Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, QLD.

In 2006, after living all her life in the heart of the city, Di re-located to the lush countryside of Maleny, in the Hinterland of the Sunshine Coast. This move was mainly to concentrate on her art practice however it has had a huge effect on her work, something that she had not anticipated.

“My studio is bathed in natural light and is beside vast green fields where cattle graze constantly. I became fascinated with the architectural and sculptural qualities of these amazing animals and decided to explore their qualities in oil paint. All my solo exhibitions in the last 3 years have show-cased my new works of cattle and horses, these exhibitions have proved to be very well received and highly successful.”

“In paintings, my artistic influences would clearly be two Australian artists, Charles Blackman and Sam Fullbrook, although I am also fascinated by the work of Soutine and Modigliani. When I am not painting, I sculpt and also create assemblage works using recycled materials. My influences in sculpture are Giacometti and Brancusi; and in my assemblage I love the work of Rosalie Gascoyne.”

Two of Di West’s paintings have been collected by the Brisbane Boys Grammar School; and the Stanthorpe Art Gallery has included one of her Bronze sculptures in their permanent collection.

Di holds at least one Solo exhibition each year and is also working on creating a series of collectible bronze sculptures. Her work is held in Galleries in Japan, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland and is in many corporate and private collections.

 

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