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Welcome to DiTerry.com


Born in Manchester living in the Pennines

Diana Terry initially trained as a Three Dimensional Designer, obtaining a first degree in ceramics at Manchester Metropolitan University. and an M.A. at University of Liverpool at the School of Architecture. Diana held several teaching posts including Head of Foundation at Barnsley College. Therefore her design background has influenced the approach she has taken to her fine art practice. These include a love of materials and process. Furthermore they enable her to be an inquisitive questioner and encourages a love of experimentation.

Her current work starts with walking and memorising being in wild places and the experiences of being in the outdoors. She captures these places on site observing and drawing. Working quickly means that these sketches have an immediacy which she carries on into the studio.

Frequently taking inspiration from the Pennine landscape she seeks to portray an emotional connection. Texture and materials are integral to her work and she enjoys evolving this building up the surface to a high relief. It is a contemporary interpretation of the sublime.She sometimes include solitary figures which are as timeless as the land, sea and sky, merging the inner with the outer world. It is the essence of a place that she captures.

She paints primarily in oil, but combine this with a variety of other media such as heavy gesso, mediums, inks and sometimes collage elements. She enjoys the process of developing areas as they emerge, rubbing back and building up, scratching into the surface and working with tools beyond the brushes, from palette knives and sponges to drawing implements, creating diversity in my mark-making. These techniques have also been developed into etching.

Her work is in both private and public collections in the UK and USA. She has exhibited in London, Manchester and Scotland

The studio is in a Victorian cotton mill in the Pennines. OL5 9RR. 


Recent Practice:

2018 March-December, Our eARTh, Friends of the Earth, Kunsthius Gallery, Crayke, North Yorkshire

2018 March, Saul Hay Gallery, Castlefield, Manchester. Market place.

2018 March, The Mall Gallery, London. Annual exhibition of Royal Society of British Artists

2018 February, PS Mirabel, Manchester. exhibition Diptych, Triptych, Polyptych.

2017 November/December, Picture House Gallery, Padiham, near Preston

2017 October/November, Gallery Oldham, Open exhibition.

2017 October/November, The Williamson, Birkenhead, Merseyside. Open exhibition

2017 October Anniversary; Saul Hay Gallery, Castlefield, Manchester, group exhibition 

2017 July Material Matters; Saul Hay Gallery, Castlefield, Manchester, group exhibition 

2017 July-September Liverpool Art Fair, Pier Head
2017 July Exhibition of new artists, Picture House Gallery, Padiham, near Preston
2017 May, Saltaire Arts Trail, near Bradford, West Yorkshire
2017 May, Painting Padiham event in the town centre
2017 March Saddleworth Edges, Saddleworth Museum, solo exhibition
2016 December Bargehouse, Oxo Tower, South Bank, London.
2016 December Dean Clough Art Fair, Halifax.
2016 October, Art Battle Manchester, London Road Fire Station.
2016 May The Dark Side. Liverpool Light Night: 104 Street artist run studios.
2016 May Alternative Landscapes, Group exhibition at Electric Picture House, Congleton
2016 March Residency and exhibition Paper Gallery, Manchester
2016 March, Art with a Heart, Altrincham
2015/16/17  Gallery artists exhibition, Colin Jellicoe Gallery, Manchester.
2015 Shelf Life and Multiply, PS Mirabel Gallery, Manchester
2015 September On the Edge Gallery Oldham, solo exhibition 
2015 May Chelsea Art Fair Old Town Hall, Gabriel Fine Art
2010-2017 Holmfirth Art Market, Civic Hall, West Yorkshire
2013-2015 Liverpool Open Exhibition , The Gallery, Baltic Triangle.
2013 Lancashire Open Exhibition , The Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk
2013 Passers By, Brownhill Centre, Saddleworth. solo exhibition
2013-2017 Woodend Mill, Open Studio,

Education and Qualifications:

2007 MPhil. University of Manchester, School of Humanities.

1985 MA University of Liverpool, School of Architecture