Artist Bio: Diane Yousouf

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Artist Bio - Diane Yousouf

         About the Artist - Diane Yousouf

Diane is a Sydney based Contemporary Artist working in oils, acrylics, soft pastels and watercolour.

As a child  Diane was always drawing and painting. She achieved First Level Art, English and Science in High School. Diane went on to complete a Bachelor of Science in 1978. After an interesting career in Science and laboratory work, Diane studied art with Linda Simonis from 2003 to 2015. She also attended workshops and demonstrations with local and international artists. Plein air painting and sketching are a great way to develop skills as an artist, and Diane regularly paints or sketches on location.

The distinctive Australian light is the inspiration for many of her paintings. Diane's works are held in private collections in Australia and overseas. 

Diane has held various positions on the committee of Bankstown Art Society. These included being the society Social Secretary and the Bankstown Art Society's delegate to the Combined Art Societies of Sydney committee. She was the Vice President and Secretary for the Bankstown Art Society for three years.  Holding these positions with BAS provided a wonderful opportunity to support the BAS members and promote the society within the local community.

At the end of 2022 she accepted the role as Exhibition Manager with the Combined Art Socities of Sydney (CASS). CASS held several exhibitions and some weekend workshops during 2023. Diane continues to be an enthusiastic supporter of CASS innitiatives.

Diane is currently an exhibiting member with the Combined Art Societies of Sydney, Friends of Campbelltown Regional Art Gallery and Drummoyne Art Society.

 Diane is an award winning artist and some of her achievements are listed below.

Exhibitions and Awards:

Art of Sydney, Prince Henry Centre Little Bay

  • Finalist - 2023 

Capture Fairfield Visual Arts and Photography Exhibition 

  • 2023 - Finalist - Adult Visual Arts 
  • 2022 - Third Place - Adult Visual Arts
  • 2021 - Third Place - Adult Visual Arts 
  • 2020 - First Place - Adult Visual Arts 

Gallery ONE88, Katoomba

  • CASS Exhibition - 2022, 2019
  • My painting “Boars Head Lookout” features on the advertising poster for the 2022 Exhibition

Solo Exhibition: Bankstown Art Center Incubate Gallery

  • September 2018

CASS Online Art Sale - 2021

Australian National Maritime Museum Sydney :

  • Finalist - 2019 and every year since 2008
  • 2013 - Commended
  • 2008 - Commended

Bankstown Art Society Exhibitions:

  • 2019 - 1st Prize Winner - Australian Landscape Section
  • 2015 - Commended & Finalist
  • 2014 – 1st Prize Winner – “The Paceway Award”
  • 2010 – Highly Commended

Parramatta Art Society Exhibitions :

  • 2013 – 2nd Prize Winner – Acrylics - in Open Awards

Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize :

  • Finalist - 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2011

Sydney Royal Easter Show Art Prize:

  • Finalist - 2023, 2022, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2009 and 2008

Drummoyne Art Show:

  • Finalist - 2023, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2011 and 2008

Diane Yousouf Acrylic Art Demonstrations:

  • Bankstown Art Society - 2015, 2018 and 2020

Diane Yousouf Pen and Wash Demonstration:

  • Bankstown Art Society - 2019

Biography:  Studied in Sydney – Acrylics - Oils - Pastels – Tutor LINDA SIMONIS , Drawing with Tutor RICHARD PORTER, Contemporary Art with Tutor GLENDA CARTER, plus attending workshops and demonstrations with a variety of different local and international artists.

My Influences

I am inspired by the work of the Impressionists, in particular Claude Monet and Renoir. Also, the PreRaphealites such as William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rosetti who believed that art should be as similar as possible to the real world. I admire the detailed character and use of symbolism of the PreRaphelites but love the more expressive style of the Impressionists. My interest in the natural world and the different ways of rendering this information lead me to take a 10 week online course for Natural History Illustration. I also went into the Mitchell Library in Sydney for a two day workshop exploring the natural history illustrations from the early days of exploration and settlement in Australia. The Mitchell Library is a wonderful resource for the people of Sydney.

Several years ago I did a wonderful week of watercolour workshops with Joe Cartwright. In these classes Joe covered the basics of watercolour washes and glazes with a variety of subject matter. A great foundation for working in watercolour. Recently I am excited to do some watercolours following the methods of Jean Haines and Marion Chapman. I like to use vibrant colours and let them blend unevenly on the paper.

Plein air painting is a great way to develop techniques for capturing a scene or sketching people and buildings. For many years I have been painting and sketching on location. It is great to go out painting with others and local art societies arrange monthly outdoor painting sessions which I have frequently attended. 

There are many artists that I have been lucky enough to attend their workshops and/or demonstrations. Their guidance has encouraged me to explore many different mediums. One of the artists that has been the strongest influence is my teacher of many years, Linda Simonis. Together we explored many different mediums and techniques. Other artists I have studied with include Cathy Harry and Chris Seale (Acrylics), Colina Grant, Catherine Hamilton and Rachel Selay (Soft Pastels) and Jacky Pearson and Julie Goldspink (Watercolour). Oil painters that I have done workshops with include Alan Fizzel, Ros Psakis, Kasey Sealy and John Rice. Artists that have also influenced my work are tutors with Bankstown Art Society, Glenda Carter (Contemporary) and Richard Porter (Drawing). 

To me, art is a journey and I love to share this journey with other artists. That is why I attend demonstrations, workshops and take part in art exhibitions.

My Artshow Awards

Artshow: Capture Fairfield Visual Art Prize 2020
Title: Autumn Gold
Award: Winner Adult Section
Sponsor: Fairfiled City Council
Prize: $1,000
Artshow: Capture Fairfield Visual Art Prize 2022
Title: Lockdown Shuffle
Award: Third Place Adult Section
Sponsor: Fairfield City Council
Prize: $250

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