248 Glenferrie Road, Malvern VIC 3144
Dianne Fogwell’s practice is centred on printmaking, painting and artist’s books. Using a repertoire of familiar images, Dianne uses pared back tones to illuminate everyday objects that often go unnoticed in our daily lives.
Her works, sometimes appearing as imaginary, almost hallucinatory, dreamscapes, create a story that flows from work to work like a page of text or music. The title ‘Sanctuary’ refers to ideas of a haven a place of shelter in this instance the artist’s home and suburb and the inspiration she gains from this.
Dianne travels through her local surroundings gathering specimens, thoughts and images which she then documents through drawing, painting and carving into linoleum or wood. These observations, ideas and collected objects become the alphabet of her images.
The viewer is swept into an often dream-like journey that transports us into a surreal and joyous visual experience. Dianne has said that “I search for beauty in ordinary things and want to capture a feeling about the fragility of where I live. My images come from the cinema of sleep where intuition and knowledge have no boundaries, the space where objects merge and blend.”
In a career spanning thirty years, Canberra artist Dianne Fogwell has had many solo exhibitions locally and interstate, and participated in group exhibitions both nationally and internationally, including a solo exhibition at the prestigious hanki Museum in Seoul, South Korea.
Dianne has made a major contribution to the art community in Canberra through teaching, curating and establishing press and print studios. Her work is represented in many public collections including the National Gallery of Australia; National Library of Australia; Artbank; National Film and Sound Archive; Australian War Memorial; Canberra Museum and Gallery; Chicago Institute of Arts and the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington.
I have received the Peoples Choice Award for the Mount Eyre Vineyards Art Prize, Rex Livingston Gallery, Sydney 2010 and the Peoples choice award for the Print and Drawing Award, Swan Hill Regional Gallery, Victoria, 2010. I was also selected finalist in the following awards
- 2010 ‘Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize’, The Croydon, Sydney. NSW.
- ‘Swan Hill Drawing and Print Prize’, Swan Hill Regional Gallery, VIC.
- ‘Mount Eyre Art prize’, Rex Livingston Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
- 2009 ‘The Stanthorpe Art Festival’, Stanthorpe Regional Gallery, QLD.
- ‘The Cricket Art Prize’, touring exhibition – Sydney Cricket Ground, NSW, Harrup Park Country Club Mackay, QLD.
- The Bradman Museum, Moss Vale, NSW.
- ‘Burnie Print Prize’, Burnie Art Gallery, TAS
In 2008 Dianne organised that Australian book artists Anne-Maree Hunter and Julie Barrat be the Australian representatives for the second SungNam International Book Art Fair at the Yul-Dong Book Theme Park, SungNam, South Korea.
Dianne was invited to exhibit for the inaugural SungNam International Book Art Fair at the Yul-Dong Book Theme Park and to present a key note lecture for the International Book Art Conference at SungNam Art Centre. SungNam, south Korea. 21 – 30 April 2007
Solo exhibition of prints and artist’s books at the Whanki (pronounced he-un-ki) Art Museum, Seoul, Korea. 1 July – 1 August 2005
‘Early in 1988 the decision was made to build the Whanki Museum in Seoul , Korea . As the museum primarily housed the work of the artist Kim Whanki, the design attempts to correspond to aspects of nature, such as mountains, the moon, clouds, rocks and trees that were important to his art. The building connects with these using a modern sensibility. At the beginning of the design period, the site was limited to the around the main building. During the following three years of design the adjacent western property was acquired. this site was then used for the annex building.’ Architect, Woo KyuSeung
“Aim of all the exhibitions and programs held in Whanki Museum is not for high fashion nor for commercial effects. Our aim is to make constant improvements that build a new history for the museum. Founder of the museum and Whanki Foundation, wife Kim Hyanan mentioned ‘The life of museum is nothing more than what it is contents.’”
Director, Park Meejung.
Dianne was invited as part of the inaugural international visitors to participate through exhibition and by presenting the keynote lecture for the 2004 Seoul Book Arts Fair, Coex Centre, Seoul. 4-9 June 2004.