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Diane Englander

Artist Biography

A native New Yorker, Diane had an earlier career including 17 years as a management consultant to local nonprofits concerned with poverty or disenfranchisement; work in NYC government; and several years as a lawyer at a large NYC law firm.

“I was brought up going to galleries and museums, a sometimes reluctant attendant to my parents’ passion for looking and for collecting. My own expressive energy must have simmered internally for years, occasionally emerging in photography, in quilt-making, in other tentative explorations, and certainly in providing opportunity and materials for my children to create. Not until those children were nearly grown did I come unequivocally to the need to make art myself.”

In late 2006 Diane began making collages that started her on her current path; in late 2007 she left her consulting job to focus on her artwork full-time. She has studied with Bruce Dorfman at the Art Students League in New York, and has had solo exhibits at the Alexey von Schlippe Gallery at U. Conn-Avery Point in 2016, Hampden Gallery at U. Mass. Amherst in 2015, the Grubbs Gallery in Easthampton, MA in 2014, Cambridge Health Associates in Cambridge, MA in 2012, and at the Living Room Gallery at Saint Peter’s Church in Manhattan in 2010, as well as pieces in group shows in New York City, across the US, and in Italy. One of her drawings appears in The Visual Language of Drawing, McElhinney, J. ed., Sterling Publishing (2012). In 2012 she attended the Vermont Studio Center with an artist’s grant. In 2013 she won the Allied Artists of America award at the Butler Institute of American Art.

Artist STATEMENT

My work searches for the place between discord and tranquility, for the spot with a charged harmony that energizes as it also provides refuge. That search means that within a generally contemplative piece I play one formal element against another to create a degree of friction or conflict. As for the largely intuitive process, the material in front of me—often including found or repurposed papers, cloth, pieces of wood--influences my direction, as does inspiration from the world outside the studio: a wall, a landscape, a window shade transfused with light, a stretch of sand and shadow. (And of course echoes from other artists: Burri, Vicente, Tapies, Motherwell, Rauschenberg, Nicholson, Blow, and many, many more.) When the work transmits to me a calm energized by tension, then it is done. Occasionally that happens the same day, sometimes weeks or months later, sometimes never; and then maybe its remnants become a new jumping off place, another source of inspiration.

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