Artist Bio: Diane Yousouf

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Artist Bio - Diane Yousouf

         About the Artist - Diane Yousouf

I am a Sydney based Contemporary Landscape artist working in oils, acrylics, soft pastels and watercolour.  

I love the colours of the Australia terrain.  The dramatic bushland  and vibrant seascapes attract me and I always try to capture that distinctively intense Australian light.

My works are held in private and corporate collections in Australia and overseas.


Exhibitions and Awards:

Capture Fairfield Visual Arts and Photography Exhibition 2021

  • Third Place - Adult Visual Arts (Adult Section)

Capture Fairfield Visual Arts and Photography Exhibition 2020

  • First Place - Visual Arts (Adult Section) 

Gallery ONE88, Katoomba

  • CASS Exhibition - 2019

Solo Exhibition: Bankstown Art Center Incubate Gallery

  • September 2018

Australian National Maritime Museum Sydney :

  • Finalist - 2021, 2019 and every year since 2008
  • 2013 - Commended
  • 2008 - Commended

Bankstown Art Society Exhibitions:

  • 2019 - 1st Prize Winner - Australian Landscape Section
  • 2015 - Commended & Finalist
  • 2014 – 1st Prize Winner – “The Paceway Award”
  • 2010 – Highly Commended

Parramatta Art Society Exhibitions :

  • 2013 – 2nd Prize Winner – Acrylics - in Open Awards

Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize :

  • Finalist - 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2011

Sydney Royal Easter Show Art Prize:

  • Finalist - 2022, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2009 and 2008

Drummoyne Art Show:

  • Finalist - 2021, 2020, 2019, 2011 and 2008

Diane Yousouf Acrylic Art Demonstrations:

  • Bankstown Art Society - 2015, 2018 and 2020

Diane Yousouf Pen and Wash Demonstration:

  • Bankstown Art Society - 2019

Biography:  Studied in Sydney – Acrylics - Oils - Pastels – Tutor LINDA SIMONIS , Drawing with Tutor RICHARD PORTER

My Influences

I love the work of the Impressionists, in particular Claude Monet and Renoir. I am also a fan of the PreRaphealites such as William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rosetti.

Several years ago I did a wonderful week of watercolour workshops with Joe Cartwright. In these classes he covered the basics of watercolour washes and glazes with a variety of subject matter. A great foundation for working in watercolour. Recently I am excited to do some watercolours following the methods of Jean Haines and Marion Chapman. I like to use vibrant colours and let them blend unevenly on the paper.

Plein air painting is a great way to develop techniques for capturing a scene or sketching people and buildings. For many years I have been painting and sketching on location. It is great to go out painting with others and local art societies arrange monthly outdoor painting sessions which I have frequently attended. 

There are many artists that I have been lucky enough to attend their workshops or demonstrations in the Sydney area. Their guidance has encouraged me to explore many different mediums. One of the artists that has been the strongest influence is my teacher of many years, Linda Simonis. Other artists I have studied with include Cathy Harry (Acrylics), Chris Seale (Acrylics), Catherine Hamilton (Soft Pastels) and Jacky Pearson (Watercolour). Artists that have also influenced my work are tutors with Bankstown Art Society, Glenda Carter (Contemporary) and Richard Porter (Drawing). 

My Artshow Awards

Artshow: Capture Fairfield Visual Art Prize 2020
Title: Autumn Gold
Award: Winner Adult Section
Sponsor: Fairfiled City Council
Prize: $1,000
Artshow: Capture Fairfield Visual Art Prize 2021
Title: Lansdowne Bridge
Award: Third Place Visual Arts Section
Sponsor: Fairfiled City Council
Prize: $250

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