A native New Yorker, Diane Englander had an earlier career including 17 years as a management consultant to local non-profits; work in NYC government; and several years as a lawyer at a large NYC law firm.
In late 2006 Diane began making collages that started her on her current path. She has studied with Bruce Dorfman at the Art Students League in New York, and has had solo exhibits at 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 exhibits in New York City (including at Lesley Heller Workspace) and elsewhere in the United States (including at the Butler Institute of American Art. One of her drawings is included in The Visual Language of Drawing (McElhinney, J. ed., Sterling Publishing 2012). In 2013 she won the Allied Artists of America award at the Butler Institute, and in 2012 she received an Artist's Grant to the Vermont Studio Center. In 2015 she had a solo exhibit at U Mass Amherst, and in 2016 will have one at the University of Connecticut.
I understand the idea of art whose value lies in part in its references, its allusions, but I am aiming first for an emotional reaction, followed by an examination of detail. The richness of the colors and the quality of the painted surface are important to me, as is the structure of lines and collage elements on that ground. I hope my work will elicit a visceral sense of satisfaction and of harmony, without a complete resolution of tension. That they are carefully intentional compositions is important, though I also focus on the details of texture and line. My pieces are relatively small--some as small as 5 inches by 5 inches--and I am interested in the impact of an expansiveness beyond their actual size.
Lives and works in New York, New York