Diana Hyslop sees the world in a different way. She has a modern vision and spirit. For this exhibition she created colourful digital images of people she knows intimately in her circle of friends. She looks at the interaction of relationships.
In her mid twenties Diana Hyslop worked for Marvel Comics in London. On her return to South Africa she worked as a photographic assistant for a year before joining the film industry working on features and documentary films. In the late eighties she studied painting at Bill Ainslie’s now legendary Johannesburg Art Foundation. In the nineties she spend a year at the Santa Monica Fine Art Studios in California before returning to Johannesburg where she spent her time between filming, painting and studying at UNISA.
It was in 1998 that Hyslop committed to full time painting after having her first solo show at the AVA Gallery in Cape Town.
In 2002 she joined the Bag Factory studio as a permanent tenant artist till 2020.
Largely informed by comics and film Hyslop’s work explores magical realism and a universe of possibilities in which unexpected combinations are viable, all co –exist, and where everything can happen at once. She is interested in the duality of existence, a solitary/social phenomenon through which an eminent encounter can sometimes determine our pathways. Ando go beyond it.
Hyslop has exhibited locally and has her work in numerous collections in South Africa and has participated in international art workshops in Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Zambia, Uruguay, Iceland and France.
These works are a reflection of the last two years of my life, living through lockdown and a series of accidents where I broke bones on my foot and leg.
“Drawing” digital images of fellow artists helped me stay in touch and deal with the isolation we were all going through. I seemed to spend a lot of time watching birds flying by. They are a metaphor for a lightness of being and freedom I long for.