About the Artist
Diane Kazakis is an award-winning artist born in Australia in 1973. She has a Bachelor of Education in Visual Arts and has worked in international education and art in Australia, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. She has exhibited paintings, photographs and sculptures, with work in public and private collections around the world.
Whilst studying Visual Arts at the University of Melbourne, she became the youngest artist to win the prestigious Andor Meszaros Sculpture Prize in 1994. In subsequent years, Diane held a number of exhibitions and received a series of awards, including first prize in the Moreland Sculpture Award for sculptures depicting nature's decline.
Diane was commissioned for numerous large-scale projects such as an enormous robot sculpture for the Village Roadshow Cinema Complex in Melbourne and a large model world for the Body Shop's International Environmental Conference in 2001.
In her role as Vice President of the Association of Sculptors of Victoria, Diane coordinated events such as the sculpture exhibition at the International Flower & Garden Show in Melbourne and the Association's Annual Exhibitions.
Since moving to Oman in 2008 Diane has been working on many private commissions and recently installed paintings in the rooms at Sahab Hotel in Jabal Akhdar. This series of paintings are based on the fossils, natural vegetation and stunning views that this beautiful boutique hotel has to offer.
Diane's work is very much inspired by various textures and she recreates these by using mixed media in some of her paintings. Environmental concerns are of high importance, both in subject matter and in her use of materials. Her background in sculpture is translated into paintings which are very 3-dimensional and vibrant in colour.
About the Exhibition
“Emanare”......in Latin means “To emanate” or “To flow”......
This exhibition captures flow in Nature. The work investigates the ebb and flow of the environment around us – the movement of animals such as camels and horses, the changing of tides and rock formations in the spectacular Omani landscape. It also looks at flowing forms in architecture and fabric.
Diane’s work is very much inspired by various textures and she recreates these by using a mosaic technique in some of her paintings. Her background in sculpture is translated into paintings which are very 3-dimensional and the colours used are very bold.
Having lived in Australia, Europe, Africa and in Oman for five years now, Diane draws on her experiences in these diverse environments.
"Emanare" by Diane Kazakis
11 - 15 June 2013