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                        DIANA COLE B.A. 2021


Born Brisbane. Contemporary figurative painter in oil and acrylic and drawings in black and white, printmaker, sculptor.

Studied painting and drawing at the A.D.R with Prof. Bissietta and whilst my children were growing up attended a number of life drawing groups and masterclasses and exhibited in local exhibitions.

1980-84Sculpture Centre. The Rocks, Life sculpture, casting, carving etc.

1984-87 B.A. Visual Art. City Art Institute. (Now U.N.S.W college of fine arts) Majoring in painting.

1991 Lithography. Workshop Arts Centre. Willoughby.




2009 “People from The Northside and Beyond Gordon Library

2008 Retrospective. Gordon Library. Gordon

2006 Cudgegong gallery. Gulgong. “Figuratively Speaking”

2005 Dale Thomas Gallery. Artarmon. “Fabulous Figures”

2003 Dale Thomas Gallery. Artarmon. All over the Place”

2001 Ewart Gallery. Willoughby.” Members and Models”

1998 Greenaway Gallery. Melbourne. “Memories of Crete”

1997 Untitled Gallery. Lane Cove. Around Sydney”

1996 Mac’s Café. Pokolbin. Recent Work.

1995. Eaglehawke Galleries. Enmore “Mary Reiby Series”

1995. Headmasters Gallery. St. Ives.” Daisy Bates Series”

1994Pippa’s Gallery. Gordon. “basically, Black and White,

1982 Signatures. Mosman. “Recent Work”





2002 Dale Thomas Gallery. Artarmon. Around the Emerald City Mother and Daughter exhibition.

2002 Dale Thomas Gallery. “Fish”




2005 Arthouse hotel. Pitt St. “People in the Attic”

2003 Arthouse hotel Pitt St. “Some People in the Attic”

1996 Oyster Bar. Circular Quay. “Small Works”





2023 In The Buff: Realism To Rocks, Ewart Gallery Willoughby

2016 New Works. Platform 72. St. Leonards.

2015 Ducks off the Wall. Ewart Gallery

2015 Gallipoli Art Prize Sydney

2015 Inspiring Lines Ewart Gallery

2014 Semi Finalist Moran Portrait Prize

2014 Your Call. Ewart gallery.

2014 BSG Small Works. Melbourne

2014 Linden Postcard Show. Melbourne

2014 In the Buff. Ewart Gallery

2014 Teacher’s Exhibition. Ewart gallery

2013 Bull in a China Shop. Ewart Gallery. Willoughby.

2012 Round and Round. Ewart Gallery

2012 Confluence. Art of the Workshop Arts Centre tutors. Ewart Gallery.

2011 Celebration. Ewart Gallery Willoughby.

2011 Gallipoli Art Prize


2011 Linden Postcard Show. Lindon Contemporary. Melbourne

2011 Small Works, Brunswick St. Gallery, Melbourne.

2010 “Teacher’s Exhibition” Ewart Gallery. Willoughby.

2010 “The Artists Muse” Arthouse Hotel. Pitt St.

2010 “Face off” MLC Gallery, Ultimo

2009 “Unsung Heroes” Parliament House. Canberra.

2009 Mosman Art Prize



2009 “: Parliament Object” Parliament House. Sydney

2009 “Top Marks.” Ewart Gallery. Willoughby

2 008   Portia Geach Art Award

2008 “The Art of Healing” Arthouse hotel. Pitt St.

2008 “Christmas Mix” Marianne Newman Gallery. Crow’s Nest.

2008 “Drawn from Life” Marianne Newman Gallery. Crow’s Nest

2007 “Christmas Exhibition” Gallery 41 Woolloomooloo

2007. “Power in the House” Parliament House. Sydney

2007 “Best Friend” Arthouse hotel Pitt St.

2007 Chairs for Charity. Melbourne,


2006   Idols & Icons” Arthouse Hotel Pitt St.


2006 “Chairs for Charity” Melbourne.

2006 “Courtroom Faces” Supreme Court Building. Sydney.

2004 “Masking the Potential” Mosman Art Gallery.

2004 Art on the Rocks.

2003Swiss Grand Hotel. Bondi

2003.Xzibit. “Greyscale” McMahon’s Point. (2)

2000.2001.2002Norton Gallery. McMahon’s Point

1997 Greenaway Gallery. Melbourne (2)

1993-1996 Ewart Gallery. Willoughby(3)

1996 Trinity Delmar Gallery. Summer Hill

1995 Istral Gallery. Woollahra (2)

1994Eaglehawke Galleries. Enmore.

1993 Eaglehawke Galleries. Glebe

1991-1994 Solander Galleries. Canberra.

1990Gallery 77 Glebe.

1990 Hawkesbury Gallery. Windsor

1990Wycombe Galleries. Neutral Bay

1987City Art institute Paddington

1981. Signatures. Mosman


AWARDS. (selected)


1990 Winner. Fairfield City Art prize.

1992 Winner. Works on Paper. Fisher’s Ghost. Campbelltown

1989 Winner. Drawing Prize. Fairfield City Council.

1992 2nd Glebe Art Prize.

1993.2nd.Modern Figurative. Royal Agricultural Society.

1995 Finalist. Mosman Art Prize.

2004 Finalist Art on the Rocks.

2008Finalist. Portia Geach Art Award.


2009 Finalist. Mosman Art Prize          2011Finalist. Gallipoli Art Prize

Selected for The Perfect Diary”, a collection of

Australian art and writing 2005,2003,2002,2001,2000,1999,1998, 2003, Joint Winner of the People’s Choice.,

2014 Semi Finalist. Moran Portrait Prize

2015 Finalist. Gallipoli Art Prize

2017, 2018, 2019 selected Paddington Poster competition.

2020 Finalist Northern Beaches Art Prize




Fairfield City Council


Campbelltown City Council

Bosman Consulting

Hewlett Packard



Gallipoli Club

Trafalgar Properties

Synchrotec Systems

Taiwan Merchant Bank

Property Australia


Leighton Hall U.K


Private Collections in the U.K. Germany, Venice, Switzerland, U.S.A. Hong 

Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and throughout Australia.


Diana has organized a weekly sketch club at the Workshop Art Centre for many years and conducts workshops from time to time.


Recently she has designed book covers and a C.D. cover and illustrated children’s books, “Rosinella’s Journey”, “Thomas Tadpole” “The Calling of Pelican Cate” and “Bitten by an Escalator”.


Diana has written and illustrated 9 books for children.






Mary Reibey


Elizabeth Macarthur


Georgiana McCrae


Annette Kellerman




Losing Lucy


Seeking Koalas




Visiting Canberra

Visiting Sydney 

What Are They Called?

What Are They Called? 2




Working it out.

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