My art is about a personal exploration of the subject and the materials used to create the work. Regardless of whether the subject is something as mundane as a toothbrush or as awe inspiring as the beauty of nature, it has to speak to me in some way. I have to feel an empathy towards the subject and desire to form a relationship with it, as inevitably I am affected by the feeling or mood of the subject. My paintings evolve organically from life's everyday glances. Rather than trying to force my will on them, I give them total control. Each layer determines and guides the next. My paintings are a dialogue between giving and taking. I don't want to sign the work until it looks like it has been lived on, until I have violated the open white space and created something that can become independent of me and fend for itself.
Biography: 1976 Born in Maitland NSW Australia. 1996 Studied Fine Arts at the TAFE College in Newcastle, Australia. 1998 Studied Visual Art at the University of Newcastle. 1999 Visited Turkey for the first time. Stayed in Istanbul and travelled to many places along the west coast. 2001 Started work on the Turkish series of paintings after my third visit to Turkey. 2002 Working on the Newcastle series after returning to Australia. www.dionarchibald.com came online. 2003 Art collectors from USA, UK, Europe, Turkey, and Asia have been purchasing my work online.
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