Diane Whitehouse

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Diane Whitehouse (born in Birmingham, England, 1940) is a Canadian painter, professor and a founding member of Mentoring Artists For Women's Art.[1] She has based her practice in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, since 1977.[2] Her large, semi-abstract paintings are in collections including Alberta Government House, and Winnipeg Art Gallery.[3][4] In 2011, she won the Making A Difference Award at the Winnipeg Mayor's Luncheon for the Arts.[5]

Whitehouse studied at the Birmingham College of Art, and did post-graduate work at Bergen Kunsthåndverkskole, Norway.[6] She began exhibiting her work in 1962 and has taught painting for many years, including at the University of Alberta, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, The Banff Centre, and The University of Manitoba.[7] Her work was the subject of a major 1999 retrospective at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.[8]


Whitehouse's paintings have been described as meditative, and referencing landscape.[6][9] While working in the tradition of Abstract Expressionism, Whitehouse rejects the Greenbergian concepts of distance for a more contemplative approach.[8] She has written, "I don't have anything to say that's not in the paintings."[7]


  1. ^ "The New Gallery : Database". collective.thenewgallery.org. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  2. ^ "CCCA Artist Profile for Diane Whitehouse". ccca.concordia.ca. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  3. ^ Lizard, Visual. "Canadian Art | Winnipeg Art Gallery". wag.ca. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  4. ^ Baker, Suzanne, Devonshire (1980). Artists of Alberta. Edmonton: University of Alberta. p. 17. ISBN 0-88864-067-6.
  5. ^ "'Fireworks' for arts notables". www.winnipegfreepress.com. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  6. ^ a b Butler, Sheila (1986). Rooms and Other Walled Places. Winnipeg: Kromar.
  7. ^ a b Eyland, Cliff (1996). Unravelling. Winnipeg: Mentoring Artists For Women's Art.
  8. ^ a b Dahle, Sigrid (1999). Points of Departure. Winnipeg: Winnipeg Art Gallery. ISBN 0-88915-191-1.
  9. ^ CHIN. "Poetics - Canada". www.virtualmuseum.ca. Retrieved 2016-03-05.