Diane Chappalley

The Naked Trees by Diane Chappalley

We love the way that Diane uses recollection and imagination to generate scenery within her paintings.

Inspired from her own experiences of nature – ​whether it is the allotment behind her house in London, the flowers in the Swiss Alps where she grew up, cycling along the Regent’s Canal, or ​Ophelia among the Flowers by Odilon Redon – she uses the memories and sensations they engender to paint her own, highly sensory fields and forests. Poppies, edelweiss, sunflowers, daisies or dandelions may be recognisable in her paintings, but overall the scenery she depicts is non-specific.

Hers is a conscious disconnection from the highly digitised world around us. Diane’s paintings draw attention to the relevance of depicting nature as a raw, sensory experience, in contrast to our society of consumerism, technology and ecological distress. These are places of unsullied purity. ​She does not rely on technological devices (photographs or external visual source material) but draws on her own lived experiences. Diane says of her work, “Painting is for me a way to layer time and simultaneously to transcend it.”

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Behind Closed Doors by Diane Chappalley

Behind Closed Doors

Diane Chappalley

Portrait credit: Agenda Brown, Visual Marvelry

Diane Chappalley is a Swiss artist based in London. She has exhibited in the UK, Switzerland and Hong Kong. She graduated from her Master’s Degree at the Slade School of Fine Art in 2017 where she was awarded the UCL Dean’s list prize, following on from her BA at City and Guilds of London Art School where she received The Chadwyck-Healey Prize for Painting (2015). Her work has been selected for exhibitions, including forming part of The Marmite Painting Prize (2016) and FBA Futures (Mall Gallery, London 2018). In 2018, she was also awarded the Alice Bailly Award in Switzerland. Her work is held in public and private collections, including HBSC Art Collection, UK and CHUV Contemporary Art Collection in Lausanne. She was artist-in-residence at the Academy of Visual Art at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) and Unit 1 Gallery Workshop in London. The Informality Gallery in Henley-upon-Thames hosted a solo show of her work, Behind Closed Doors, in 2020.

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