Dianne Gall

Painting in my private studio situated 5 minutes from the CBD in Adelaide, Australia, a small coastal city, my initial training was at the South Australian School of Art, where I learnt mainly how to think about the content and context of my work. I continue to refine my skills and knowledge as a painter, I feel this is life long learning. I have been painting and exhibiting for more than 30 years now, it is all consuming for me, I feel it is the only thing in the world that is mine and an expression of myself.
I arrived at painting images of women in early 2000 to reflect my personal experience as I observe what happens both around me and to me and thus the imagery evolves around this theme over time.

There is a dichotomy in the modern woman; I feel these women are silently screaming about their distress from beneath the folds of their femininity. Locked in suburbia with youth fading, their world seems an alien place, dreams are half forgotten or never going to be, what was desirable is now invisible. The flip side, of course, is that the modern woman has strength and freedom because of her experiences; she is street wise to the traps of life. The femme is free; she is strong, and in complete command of her sexuality. Most of my women in my compositions are cut off below the eyes, below the chin if they face towards you, but mostly they have their backs turned towards the viewer, the viewer hasn’t earned the right to her gaze as yet.

The scenes in my paintings are in essence cinematic, a frozen moment where you can believe that there was a before and there will bean after to be played out in your mind. Like at the movies you play the part of the passive voyeur, however the stillness of paintings allows your gaze to linger only at the visible. You can carefully inspect her hair, the sensual nape of her neck, her back, the fall of her dress, her legs, shoes etc but she’ll never turn for you to see her face, or perhaps there’s a glimpse fractured in the mirror.

My heroines are trapped in life’s unfulfilled promises.Vacant spaces equals vacant hearts, the isolated figure in the room, she is off doing psychological battle in the world but her subconscious inhabits the surrounding she has left behind, it hangs heavy in the air. If one experiences an event in environment, that event never leaves the scene, it remains cold in the shadows, hanging in the darkened corners. It’s almost as if the femme lives in a virtual snow dome, in a sheltered environment that exists in a complete and glassed idealism...she might leave the scene but the environment remains.

My femmes do not need the returned gaze, they are encased in themselves, and your role as the voyeur is to caress the surface with your eyes. The strength of female sexuality is to know one has it but not to allow others to know there is acknowledgement or not. These female subjects are not to be owned, they are independent creatures housed in their environments, not dictated by others or ruled by an abstract notion of what they should or shouldn’t be.

My femmes, however, do not dwell on their self-importance through the approval of others. My paintings house that captured moment, the still image of a woman in reflected thought, a passing desire, a cherished moment flickers on the tableau of the screen that is my painted image. Ever the perpetual pessimist, cursed by self-doubt, I leave little room for my femmes to find eternal bliss. However I do allow the occasional glimmer of hope.

- Dianne Gall

Biography

Education

1982

Bachelor of Arts, Design (Foundation Year), South Australian College of Advanced Education.

1983-1985

Bachelor of Arts, Fine Art, South Australian School of Art, SA, Australia

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017

Metro Gallery, VIC, Australia

2014

Brenda May Gallery, NSW, Australia

Beaver Galleries, ACT, Australia

2012

Catherine Asquith Gallery, VIC, Australia

2011

Emerge Art Space, W.A, Australia

2010

Cube Contemporary Art Projects, SA, Australia

2009

Beaver Galleries, ACT, Australia

2007

Cowwarra Artspace, VIC, Australia

2005

Beaver Galleries, ACT, Australia

2003

Cube Contemporary Art, SA, Australia

2002

Soho Galleries, NSW, Australia

2001

Hill-Smith Fine Art Gallery, SA, Australia

1999

Hill-Smith Fine Art Gallery, SA, Australia

1997

BMGART, SA, Australia

1995

BMGART, SA, Australia

1993

BMGART, SA, Australia

1990

Tynte Gallery, SA, Australia

1988

Club Foote, SA, Australia

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018

Objects of Desire, (Summer Survey), Bernaducci Gallery, NewYork, USA

Summer Exhibition, Nanda\Hobbs, NSW, Australia

Visions of Venus, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, USA

2015

Five and Under, Arcadia Contemporary, New York, USA

Smashing Suggestions Pink Zeppelin Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Time Element, Gold Street Studios, VIC, Australia

Celebration of Women Artists, Arcadia Contemporary, New York, USA

2014

Objects of Beauty: Contemporary Still Life Painting, CK Contemporary, San Francisco, USA

New Works, CCA Projects, SA, Australia

Time Element, The Light Gallery, SA, Australia

2013

The Obelisk Show, Gallery 26, SA, Australia

2012

Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, USA

Group Show, The Focus Gallery, Hamilton, Canada

2011

Festivite Group Show, Catherine Asquith Gallery, VIC, Australia

Group Show, The Focus Gallery, Hamilton, Canada

2010

Net Work, Art Gallery of Ballarat, VIC, Australia

Reconfigured, Emerge Art Space, Perth, WA, Australia

Mount Eyre Vineyards Art Prize, Rex Livingston Art Dealer, NSW, Australia

2009

Little Pictures, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

2008

Exquisite Palette, St Luke Artist Colourmen, VIC, Australia

2007

Eutick Memorial Still Life Award”, Coffs Harbour RegionalGallery, NSW

Exquisite Palette, St Luke Artist Colourmen, VIC, Australia

Spring Art, Loreto College, SA, Australia

Life is Amazing, Wilderness School, SA Museum, SA, Australia

Open Studio-SALA week 2007, Cube Studios, SA, Australia

Snap Freeze, Still Life Now, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Yarra Valley, VIC, Australia

Summer Exhibition, Michael Carr Art Dealer, NSW, Australia

2006

New Works, Gallery Artists, Hill Smith Gallery, SA, Australia

Loreto Art Fair, Spring Art Fair, Loreto College, SA, Australia

Group Action 2, Criterion Gallery, TAS, Australia

Summer Part 2, Michael Carr Art Dealer, NSW, Australia

2005

Group Action, Criterion Gallery, TAS, Australia

Christmas Exhibition, Hill-Smith Fine Art Gallery, SA, Australia

2004

20th Anniversary Spring Art Exhibition, Loreto College, SA, Australia

Fourteen, SALA Week exhibition, Cube Contemporary Art, SA, Australia

Small Realities, 3-person show, Criterion Gallery, TAS, Australia

Still, Cube Contemporary Art, SA, Australia

2003

Loreto College Spring Art Exhibition, SA, Australia

Eleven, SALA Week exhibition, Cube Contemporary Art, SA, Australia

14 Paintings, Cube Contemporary Art, SA, Australia

Cube + Nodrum + Abrahams, Cube Contemporary Art, SA, Australia

Adelaide Contemporary, Eva Breuer Gallery, NSW, Australia

2002

Wetlands & Wildlife, Westminster School, SA, Australia

Luminous, helengory galerie, VIC, Australia

Melbourne Art Fair 2002 Preview in association with the Helpmann Academy, Cube

Contemporary Art, VIC, Australia

PURE, Cube Contemporary Art, SA, Australia

Annual Spring Art Exhibition, Loreto College, SA, Australia

Fine Art Exhibition, Scotch College, SA, Australia

The Painted Fold-The Garment in Art, Charles Nodrum Gallery, VIC, Australia

2001

Christmas Show, Hill Smith Fine Art Gallery, SA, Australia

Annual Spring Art Exhibition, Focus Artist, Loreto College, SA, Australia

SALA Week Group Show, Hill-Smith Fine Art Gallery, SA, Australia

7 UP, Studio 91B Gallery, SA, Australia

Harvest Market Exhibition, Yalumba Winery in conjunction with Hill Smith Fine Art Gallery,

SA, Australia

2000

Fine Art Exhibition, Scotch College, SA, Australia

South Australian Living Artists Week (SALA), Studio 91B Gallery, SA, Australia

Rural & Urbane, Three Adelaide Painters, Riddoch Regional Gallery, SA, Australia

Annual Spring Art Exhibition, Loreto College, SA, Australia

Group Show, Beaver Galleries, ACT, Australia

Group Show, Jan Murphy Gallery, QLD, Australia

Christmas Show, Hill Smith Fine Art Gallery, Adelaide

1999

SACOSA Exhibition, St Aloysius College, SA, Australia

1998

Group Show, Hill-Smith Fine Art. Gallery, SA, Australia

1997

Group Show, Flinders Lane Gallery, VIC, Australia

1996

BMGART at Flash Cafe, SA, Australia

Group Show, Flinders Lane Gallery, VIC, Australia

1995

St Peters College Art Exhibition, SA, Australia

1993

BMG at the HILTON, Hilton Hotel, SA, Australia

1992

9x12 exhibition, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, SA, Australia

1991

ALL BOXED UP, Jam Factory Gallery, Adelaide.

9x12 exhibition, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, SA, Australia

EMERGENCY, Artspace, Adelaide Festival Centre

1990

SAW, members of South Australian Workshop exhibition, North Adelaide School of Art

Gallery.

Group Show, Tynte Gallery, SA, Australia

SMALL OBSESSIONS, (small scale paintings &constructions)", The College Gallery, South

Australian School of Art, SA, Australia

9x12 exhibition, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, SA, Australia

1989

A SMALL PICTURE SHOW, Tynte Gallery, SA, Australia

EDITION HOUSE, Adelaide Festival Centre, SA, Australia

8x10 exhibition, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, SA, Australia

1986

WILDLIFE, Tete Gallery, Living Arts Centre, AdelaideFestival of Arts, SA, Australia

Members Exhibition/Auction, Contemporary Art Centre of SouthAustralia, SA, Australia

1985

PAINTING BY NUMBERS, South Australian School of Art Gallery, SA, Australia

Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia Exhibition,toured to Alexander Galleries, WA, Australia

Members Exhibition, Contemporary Art Centre of SouthAustralia, SA, Australia

1984

REMARKS, Royal South Australian Society of Arts, KintoreGallery, SA, Australia

 

Awards and Recognition

Mount Eyre Vineyards Art Prize, Rex Livingston Art Dealer,Sydney - Finalist

Eutick Memorial Still Life Award 2007, Coffs HarbourRegional Gallery, NSW – Finalist

 

Art Fairs

2018

Sydney Contemporary, Nanda\Hobbs, Sydney

2016

Palm Springs Art Fair, Arcadia Contemporary, Palm Springs, USA

2016, 2015

LA Art Show, Arcadia Contemporary, Los Angeles, USA

2014

Melbourne Art Fair, CCA Projects, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

2006

Melbourne Art Fair, Beaver Galleries. Royal ExhibitionBuilding, Melbourne

2002

Melbourne Art Fair, Cube Contemporary Art, Royal ExhibitionBuilding, Melbourne

 

Collections

Bennett Collection, USA

ARTBANK

Parliament House Collection, ACT, Australia

SimsLockwood, NSW, Australia

Stillwell Management Consultants, SA, Australia

Private collections throughout Australia, United States and Europe

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