Diane Englander

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Form on Rust VIII and IX (2011) (diptych). Mulberry paper, acrylic and pencil on canvas. 24 x 45 inches.
Layered Buffs IX (2011). Watercolor paper, canvas, mulberry paper, acrylic and pencil. 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches.
Blue on Blue (2011). Mulberry paper, acrylic and pencil on canvas. 32 x 32 inches.
Layered Buffs VII (2010). Watercolor paper, canvas, mulberry paper, acrylic and pencil. 26 x 21 3/4 inches
Gray Blues II (2010). Mulberry paper, acrylic and pencil on canvas. 11 x 14 inches
Artist's Statement

I hope to produce spaces for reflection and relative tranquility, the completed work an antidote to anxiety, without devolving into the soporific. Navigating that slippery slope is my biggest challenge: to provide a sense of meditative calm, but with sufficient dissonance so the work can't be dismissed as utterly serene or resolved. I approach that challenge using relatively simple elements -- mulberry paper, raw canvas, watercolor paper, thinned acrylics, and water-soluble pencils -- and few colors that in combination produce a range of nuance while avoiding the gratuitously complicated. I am usually creating a relationship between a subtly complex background and a somewhat crude, minimal line, with the conflict between the two producing an animating tension without crossing into discord. This rhythmic interplay generates a sense of space that allows relatively small pieces an expansiveness beyond their actual size.


Contemplative Abstractions, Cambridge Health Associates, Cambridge, MA
Paintings and Drawings, The Living Room Gallery, St. Peter's Church, New York City

Small Works Exhibit, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Holiday Salon Show, Lesley Heller Workspace, New York City
6 x 6 Feet: Extra Large Art, The Shoe Factory Art Co-op, Rochester, NY
Artists of the Northeast, Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT

TenEleven Bar, NYC
Annual Small Works Exhibit, Office of the Manhattan Borough President, NYC

Small Works 2009, The Main Street Gallery, Groton, NY
Upstream People Gallery (on-line)
Small Works Exhibit 2009, Upstream Gallery, Dobbs Ferry, NY

Members and Invitational Exhibit, Viridian Gallery, New York City
5 x 5 x 5, Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA

Vermont Studio School, Artist's Grant, 2012