Diana Baur visually represents non-visual fragments of experience - often auditory and kinaesthetic - momentary thoughts and memories. She takes inspiration from many sources, including visual references, and has developed an abstract expressionist style of painting reflecting her character and need to search for the ‘otherness’ or ‘intangible’ in life.
She combines dyes and paints with collage and fabrics, layering, folding, shredding and tearing to create texture. Fascinated with the close and inseparable relationship between destruction and creation, Diana Baur can be quite destructive during the creative process, frequently finding that the end stages of a painting actually only begins after this destructive phase.
Originally from London, her father, who was an artist/designer, inspired her love of visual language. Diana Baur studied textile printing and dyeing at Whiteland’s College Putney in the 1970s, developing her colour and design skills. Her tutor, Nora Proud, included photographs of her work in the Batsford book 'Simple Textile Dyeing and Printing'.
In 2010, Diana Baur was awarded a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art at Glyndwr University, Wrexham, and has been painting and drawing ever since. In 2012, she embarked on a 2 year Masters in Art Practice, and this included work using textiles.
She is a founder member of the Inside Out Art Group, and also a member of both the Borderland Visual Arts and Helfa Gelf Art groups. She exhibits and sells her work in North East Wales in venues such as Pandy Mill Gallery, The Willow Gallery Oswestry and Theatre Clwyd Mold. In 2010 she was short listed for the Signature Art Awards. Diana Baur was invited to display work in The Artists Alley, San Francisco. In 2012 she was also invited to show work in various art fairs both in London and New York. She occasionally works to commission, and completed three large commissions in 2012.
On her artistic journey, Diana Baur writes,
"Originally from London, I believe my father, who was an artist and industrial designer, inspired my early life and love of "˜all things visual'. I studied textile printing and dyeing at Whiteland's College Putney in the 1970s, developing a love of colour and design. My tutor, Nora Proud, included photographs of my work in the Batsford book 'Simple Textile Dyeing and Printing'. In 2010, I was awarded a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art at Glyndwr University, Wrexham, and have been painting and drawing ever since. This year, 2014 I completed my Masters in Fine Art Practice at the same University. I have developed an abstract expressionist style of painting reflecting my character and need to search for the "˜intangible" in life. I combine dyes and paints with collage and fabrics, layering, folding, shredding and tearing to create texture.I am proud to support CAT - The Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, having been a member since its first beginnings."
Master of Arts in Art Practice Glyndwr University 29th October 2014