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Art enables us to find ourselves and to lose ourselves at the same time
— Thomas Merton

Diana has developed a discipline of patiently observing and studying the often unnoticed rhythms and subtleties of her surroundings.  In her paintings she strives to build layers and textures with pigment to create the abstraction and nuanced depth she feels in nature and the world around her.  

My love of realism is directly tied to my love of the craft of painting. To build a solidly believable space of form, light, and atmosphere from the fluid dabs and smears of oil paint is an endless challenge and a perpetual joy.
— Diana Armstrong

Raised in Gilling East, North Yorkshire, the Yorkshire countryside is an integral part of her.  Diana studied English at King's College London before returning to her roots to the land of rolling hills she loves.  She then taught herself to draw and paint by visiting museums and immersing herself in books and sketching the landscape.  She now lives with her husband in Pickering who's family runs Trailblazer Outdoors in the town, and can be seen walking her two favourite border collies regularly on the moors.

My subject matter is mood. I wish to leave some mystery in a painting, something unresolved that allows the viewer to explore the painting and make discoveries within it.
— Diana Armstrong


Diana has gained great success over the years. In 2013 she won the ‘Sponsors Choice Award’ in the prestigious bi-annual New Light Prize Exhibition, which recognises newly emerging artistic talent currently being created in the North. Diana also regularly exhibits throughout the UK, including the Mall Galleries and the Affordable Art Fairs in both London and Edinburgh. Diana’s work has become highly sought after, making them precious acquisitions for collectors.



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b. 1980 in Exeter, U.K.  raised in Gilling East, North Yorkshire

 

Education

2004  BA English Language and Literature, King’s College London

2005 - 2007  Evening classes in Life-drawing, Easingwold Life-Drawing Group, Galtres Centre, Easingwold, North Yorkshire

2006  Summer school in Anatomy and Life-drawing, The Slade, London

2008  Summer School in Portraiture and Oil painting, Edinburgh College of Art 

2009  Course in Light and Perspective in Oil painting, the Norfolk Painting School 


Group Exhibitions

2019 August 'Landscapes of the Mind and Heart', Inspired by Gallery, Danby, North Yorkshire

2016 July - August: The Society of Women Artists, Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1

2015  January - February: New Year Group Show, Hay Hill Gallery, London

2014  November: Jack Fine Art, Edinburgh Art Fair, Edinburgh           

October: Jack Fine Art, Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London         

September: New Lights: 'Art in the North', Mall Galleries, London           

April:  Jack Fine Art, Chelsea Art Fair, London           

January - April:  New Lights Art Prize, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle

2013 September - November: New Lights Art Prize The Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate          

October: Jack Fine Art, Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London


Solo Exhibitions

2013 June: Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Helmsley Arts Centre, Helmsley, North Yorkshire 

 

Awards

2013 ‘Sponsors Choice Award’ New Lights Art Prize The Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

 

Press

2013 September: Gazette & Herald and The York Press ‘Pickering artist Diana Armstrong shows paintings at prestigious exhibition’           September: BBC Radio York live interview re: New Light’s Art Prize