Selection of Works for Sale
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.
Montville based artist, Diane Summer has always been an artist, but had to let go of the anchor of her professional life in medicine and as a relationship therapist to further explore her creativity. She has spent a huge number of hours studying paintings in galleries around the world and particularly in Italy.
“Serendipitously i find a stillness sitting quietly taking time to fully observe. The ‘life’ is in the sensual treats that surround; of the seasonal ripe fruit and the beauty of crafted objects. And then dipping brushes into the buttery richness of oil paint.”
Diane deeply cares about the quality of her work. She seeks tutors and accesses specialist books as she encounters challenges in her work. Her canvases are stretched over seasoned wood by a local artisan who also frames her work. She varnishes her work after an extensive drying period.
First Prize (Miniature) Maleny Art Show 2011
Highly Commended (still Life) Kenilworth Art Show 2011
Still Life Windhorse Gallery, Bangalow 2011
Still Life Main Street Gallery 2010/11
“Turning Back” Convention Centre Brisbane 2006
“Life In Drawing” Upfront Club, Maleny 2009
‘Pleasure Of The Senses’ Gallery La Tourelle, Sunshine Coast 2002