Diana Hyslop

Diana Hyslop


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.   

Diana Hyslop 

September 2021 

Curriculum vita

Diana Hyslop
P.O. Box 52414, Saxonwold 2132, Johannesburg

Selected Solo Shows

2017 Fried Gallery Pretoria
2009 Everard Read Gallery- Johannesburg
2004Bag Factory Studios – Johannesburg
2002Millennium 2 Gallery- Johannesburg
1998AVA Gallery – Cape Town

Selected Group Shows
2020Rust en Vrede ‘Women who Read’ -Cape Town
Turbine Art Fair – IBI Art and Bag Factory -Johannesburg
Bag Factory End of Year – Johannesburg
2019 Absa Gallery ‘Tete a Tete -Johannesburg
Turbine Art Fair
Latitudes –LL Editions
2018WAM – LL Editions “The Art of Lithography” Johannesburg
UJ Gallery ‘Trans’ Johannesburg
Feast Your Eyes Spier Arts London
Turbine Art Fair
2017Moorhouse Gallery Franschoek
Circa Everard Read Cape Town
Turbine Art Fair
JHB Art Fair- LL Editions, Bag Factory, MK&Artists
2016Bag Factory ‘Foundations and Futures’ – 25th year exhibition
AGOG Gallery ‘Curiositas’ Johannesburg
Moorhouse Gallery‘’Playground’ Franschoek
Everard Read Winter Show ‘Cape Town’
Turbine Art Fair
JHB Art Fair
Imago Mundi (Benneton) Pratt Institute New York
2015Imago Mundi (Benetton Collection) Foundazioni Cini Venice Catalogue
Everard Read Cape Town – Homage
Everard Read Cape Town – Winter Show
Turbine Art Fair
JHB Art Fair
2014Fried Contemporary ‘Capital’ Pretoria
Everard Read ‘Summer Show’ Cape Town
Bag Factory ‘Controversial Ways of Seeing Johannesburg Catalogue
Johannesburg Art Fair
Turbine Art Fair
Intoto ‘Menagerie’ Johannesburg
Intoto ‘Gold Rush’ Johannesburg
2013 Everard Read/IBI Art ‘Translations’ Johannesburg
CAMAC ‘Entre-Nous’Marnay-sur-Seine, France
Johannesburg Art Fair
Turbine art Fair Johannesburg
Erdmann Gallery “A Drawn Conclusion” Cape Town
NorthWest University Botanical Gardens Gallery Potchefstroom
2012Queen Street Gallery – Sydney Australia
Zurich Art Fair – Erdmann Contemporary Switzerland
Johannesburg Art Fair – Erdmann Contemporary, Bag Factory
Bag Factory 21st Exhibition
Johannesburg Art Gallery Artist Proof‘Coming of Age’
Intoto Gallery “Translations 2” JohannesburgCatalogue
2011Erdmann Contemporary “Altered Landscape and the Narrative
Portrait” Cape Town
Johannesburg Art Fair – “20 Fine Years Bag Factory and
Artist Proof Studios”
Everard Read Gallery “Horse” JohannesburgCatalogue
Erdmann Contemporary, “Present History” Cape Town
Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilCatalogue
2010Standard Bank Gallery, ‘Translations’ JohannesburgCatalogue
Everard Read “View of the South” Johannesburg Everard Read “View of the South@ Cape Town
Johannesburg Art Fair – Artists Proof
Art on Main – Corporate Art
2009 Everard Read Cape “Sex, Power, Money” Cape TownCatalogue
Bag Factory Studios “Adding Subtractions” Johannesburg
Johannesburg Art Fair – Everard Read
2008Imaaya Contemporary Gallery Mauritius
Utrecht Open Art Fair – Holland
Polokwane Museum “Then, Now and Beyond” Catalogue
ACE – Biarritz, France
2007 Polokwane Museum – “Double 07”Catalogue
Sandton Civic Gallery “Crafting Art” Catalogue
UNISA Gallery Bag Factory Show PretoriaCatalogue
Alliance Francaise – Liza Nicole Show Johannesburg
2004Market Theatre Gallery “I.D.” Johannesburg
2001Millennium Gallery 11, launch show, Johannesburg
Gaborone Museum, Botswana
1995Biennial Fringe Show, Megamusic, Johannesburg

1996 Merit award Kempton Park/Tembisa Fine Art Competition

Residencies and workshop
2015Insaka – Zambia
2013 CAMAC – France
2012 SIM – Reyjavik – Iceland
2011Cruces – Montevideo – Uruguay
2008Tulipamwe – Nambia
2006Kuona – Lamu, Kenya
2001Thapong – Gaborone, Botswana
2000 Tupelo International – Cape Town
1993Santa Monica Fine Arts Studio – California

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