Diane Whalley is a self-taught contemporary abstract artist with a BAhons in graphic design. She paints intuitively from both personal reflections and the imagination, often using playful gestures which dance over the canvas bringing positivity, fun, joy and discussion.
Personal lived experiences including a move to Cornwall – where she presently has her studio – and travelling the Mediterranean by sailboat, have greatly influenced the artist and her process for painting. Starting with a thought, experience, memory or emotion, each piece emerges over days and sometimes weeks of layers and mark making guided by intuition and imagination, often resulting with vibrant visual narratives.
She began her journey with painting in 2016, but only full time at the end of 2019 when her work became more abstract and expressionistic. Following a successful London Show early 2020, demand for her work rapidly escalated from both art collectors and interior designers.
Wychwood Art Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, March 2020
Prince and Pilgrim Winter Show 2020
JP Art Consultancy Autumn online exhibition 2020, Winter exhibition 2020 and New Year exhibition 2021
Fowey Gallery guest artist April/May 2021
Eastwood Fine Art Summer Exhibition June 2021
Prince and Pilgrim small picture exhibition 2021
Morgans Falmouth Show No4 July/August 2021
Eastwood Fine Art Christmas Exhibition 2021
Wychwood Art Affordable Art Fair Battersea March 2022
Morgans Falmouth Show No1 March/April 2022
Fowey Gallery guest artist May 2022
Air Contemporary Affordable Art Fair Hampstead May 2022
Air Contemporary Henley Festival July 2022
Act One Scene One, Soho, London September 2022
Form Art Festival, Falmouth, Cornwall October 2022
Livingstone St.Ives New Colour Now exhibition, Clifton, Bristol October 2022
Air Contemporary Winter Exhibition, Chelsea, London November 2022
Morgans Show No.7 Falmouth November-January 2022
Affordable Art Fair with Wychwood Art March 2023
Art for Charity Collective (ACC) online auction March 2023
Morgans Show No.2 Falmouth April-June 2023
Air Contemporary AAF Hampstead Heath, London May 2023
Diane is presently represented by Wychwood Art Gallery Oxfordshire, Air Contemporary London, Morgans Falmouth Cornwall and Livingstone St.Ives in Clifton Bristol and Cornwall. Her work can be found in private collections across the world including France, Southern Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, Australia, South Africa, America, Singapore, Columbia and throughout the UK.