July 23, 2015
Diane Love’s whose work can be seen at the Moviehouse Studio Gallery in Millerton until October 8, says she “started with a box of Crayola Crayons at the age of three. “
The 45 pieces in the exhibition, “Explorations in Art.” reveals the creative progression of Love’s artistic career over 27 years. Although she has worked in a variety of media from oils and watercolors to collage, photography and monoprints, when viewed as a whole, one finds a consistency throughout. Each of the pieces, no matter the technique, is unmistakably the work of Diane Love.
"Arrangement" by Diane Love
Love started in business as a dealer in English, American and Japanese antiques. Her eponymous shop on Madison Avenue was filled with an assortment of objects including marvelous arrangements of silk flowers that reflected her remarkable sense of color and sophisticated taste.
"Jardin" by Diane Love
While she had her shop Love only painted in her free time. After she closed the business, she went to art school for nine hours a day learning the fundamentals. She speaks with great affection about her mentor and teacher, “the very wise, talented and esteemed painter, Milet Adrejevic,” who told her, "never question why you are attracted to something, trust your instinct.” She says her classical training has given her the freedom to expand. “You cannot break the rules unless you know the rules.”
"Pears and Avocado" watercolor by Diane Love
One of the techniques she has explored with great success was inspired by the paintings of Nicolas de Stael. In a series of still lifes as well as landscapes she has applied the paint to the canvas using only a palette knife. I particularly liked those that featured the countryside around her house on Winchell Mountain in Millerton.
Love also created a series of landscapes on wood panels. One of these, “Pulver’s Stand,” a bare hillside with a group of trees silhouetted against a stormy sky is enhanced by allowing the wood grain to show through the oil paint.
"Pulver's Stand" by Diane Love
Love’s says “as much as I love color sometimes I restrict my palette to five basic colors and try to find as much variation as I can. It is analogous to cooking with very few ingredients and trying to come up with an array of dishes.” An example of this process is her collage, “Arctic Sun,” a splendid abstract composition of brilliant chrome yellow and beige with splotches of transparent white paper accented with slashes of black.
"Arctic Sun" by Diane Love
More recently Love has been creating a series of monoprints she calls “Intersections.” Often she combines two photographs she has taken in two very different locales – a breakdancer in the place de la Republique in Paris with an event at the Armory on 67th street in New York, for example. Speaking of printing she says, “you never know what you’re going to get when it comes off the press,” which adds an element of chance. Sometimes she draws “on the mono prints I make, combining abstraction and representation in the same work.”