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A book that tells the story of Diana Page. An artist on the road somewhere between Africa and Turkey. She divides her time between the solitude of the studio, watching ships passing and walking the city.

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  • Walking on a rim of lightDiana Page

  • The w ndering artist . . . .a o

  • Diana Pagendering artist . . . . 1965 Bo

    rn D

    urba

    n, S

    outh

    Afri

    ca

    1967

    Fam

    ily m

    oved

    to G

    raha

    mst

    own

  • DrawingPainting Performance Video

    Drawing is the touchstone, the playground and the laboratory of all my work.

    I paint layered images inspired by my thoughts, experiences and memories.

  • 1975

    Vis

    ited

    UK,

    Fra

    nce,

    Max

    Ern

    st e

    xhib

    ition

    Dis

    cove

    red

    Jam

    es J

    oyce

    , W.B

    Yea

    ts

    G

    reek

    myt

    holo

    gy a

    nd a

    pas

    sion

    for a

    ctin

    g.

    1984

    Met

    Mar

    k M

    ulle

    r;

    th

    e be

    ginn

    ing

    of a

    life

    of r

    oadt

    rips

    1986

    Bac

    helo

    r of F

    ine

    Arts

    , Hon

    ours

    Cum

    Lau

    de

    Dis

    cove

    red

    pain

    ters

    How

    ard

    Hod

    gkin

    ,

    R

    icha

    rd D

    iebe

    nkor

    n an

    d Fr

    ank

    Auer

    bach

    1983

    Sta

    rted

    Fine

    Arts

    and

    Per

    form

    ing

    Arts

    at

    Uni

    vers

    ity o

    f Pie

    term

    aritz

    burg

  • Stud

    io V

    iew

    , Bey

    oglu

    , Ist

    anbu

    l 200

    8

  • 17.3

    0 Le

    vent

    200

    8. O

    il on

    can

    vas,

    100

    x120

  • 1987

    Vis

    ited

    art c

    entre

    s of

    Eur

    ope

    Pa

    ris, L

    ondo

    n, A

    mst

    erda

    m, D

    usse

    ldor

    ff, V

    ienn

    a:

    Bo

    nnar

    d, K

    ieffe

    r, D

    e Ko

    onin

    g,

    G

    oya,

    Deb

    uffe

    t, H

    ockn

    ey, B

    euys

    1989

    Ret

    urne

    d to

    Gra

    ham

    stow

    n

    to

    do

    a M

    aste

    rs in

    Fin

    e Ar

    t

    I returned to my home town, Grahamstown to do my Masters in Painting. In a small town you see the same streets, the same buildings and the same faces and in this way recurrent symbols of everyday life become more intimate.

    1991

    Mas

    ter o

    f Art

    exhi

    bitio

    n,

    aw

    arde

    d di

    stin

    ctio

    n

  • NET

    TIN

    G R

    EALI

    TY

    And theres that sense of catching something, a glimmer of light, a fish which could get away.

    It goes beyond the world of appearances but also refers back to it.

  • 1992

    Mas

    ters

    thes

    is

    unde

    r sup

    ervi

    sion

    of p

    oet D

    on M

    acLe

    nnan

    Net

    ting

    real

    ity

    :

    Th

    e im

    agin

    ativ

    e tra

    nsfo

    rmat

    ion

    of

    quot

    idia

    n ex

    perie

    nce

    in th

    e pa

    intin

    gs

    of B

    onna

    rd a

    nd V

    uilla

    rd,

    with

    refe

    renc

    e to

    asp

    ects

    of t

    he n

    ovel

    s of

    Virg

    inia

    Woo

    lf.

    Listen to the silences, he said, pointing to the mystery of what can scarce be touched let alone understood.It was his way of saying he had chosen to live in us as the colours of a Vuillard painting come from an insistent emptiness that begs, fill me with the reality of light.

    Maclennan

  • Catc

    h 20

    08. O

    il on

    can

    vas,

    2 x

    (120

    x 1

    20 c

    m)

  • Myt

    h, O

    il on

    can

    vas

    2009

    100

    x 1

    20 c

    m

  • 1993

    Ret

    urne

    d to

    Cap

    e To

    wn

    to te

    ach

    1995

    Firs

    t Cap

    e To

    wn

    solo

    exh

    ibiti

    on:

    Pilg

    rims

    Che

    lsea

    Gal

    lery

    , New

    land

    s

    Fo

    unde

    d ar

    tists

    gro

    up th

    e B

    oudo

    ir Bi

    scui

    ts

    with

    Jen

    ny P

    arso

    ns a

    nd M

    ary

    Viss

    er

    1997

    Vis

    ited

    Bonn

    ard

    retro

    spec

    tive

    at T

    ate

    Gal

    lery

    , Lon

    don

    1999

    Trav

    elle

    d w

    ith M

    ark

    Mul

    ler t

    o

    Lo

    ndon

    , Am

    ster

    dam

    and

    Bar

    celo

    na.

    Fath

    er d

    ied

    whi

    le in

    Bar

    celo

    na.

    Gau

    di, M

    iro, e

    xhib

    ition

    of l

    ate

    Pica

    sso

  • TRAV

    ELLI

    NG

    EAS

    TPassage and Journey

    Home and Identity Transience and Permanence

    History and Modernity

    Travelling to Gaziantep and Urfa, Aleppo and Damascus (Syria) and in my books, the Zeugma mosaics; mosques and ruins; profiles of cities, men, women and children emerge.But what remains back in the studio is less easily deciphered: a particular feeling of space and light; a line drawn by an ancient hand.

  • Ista

    nbee

    ld, O

    il on

    can

    vas

    120

    x120

    cm

    2001

    Kar

    en M

    cKer

    ron

    Gal

    lery

    , Joh

    anne

    sbur

    g: e

    xhib

    ition

    with

    J

    ane

    Youn

    g ce

    ram

    icis

    t.

    Bar

    celo

    na in

    spire

    d pa

    intin

    gs a

    nd th

    e be

    ginn

    ing

    of th

    e

    com

    posi

    te s

    erie

    s

    Anot

    her V

    iew

    Son

    Tem

    bor

    n 6

    July

    A

    ssoc

    iatio

    n of

    Vis

    ual A

    rts s

    olo

    exhi

    bitio

    n,Ca

    pe T

    own

    Istanbul in its rich borek stuffed layers, in its often jarring contrasts: therein lies the beauty that interests me as a painter of contemporary cities.

  • Trav

    ellin

    g Ea

    st II

    , Oil

    on c

    anva

    s 1

    20x1

    20 c

    m

    I have always been interested in the layers of paintings and the layers of cities: how the surface, or the skin of both continues to register what lies beneath.

  • 2002

    Mov

    ed in

    to A

    ll St

    ars

    Stud

    io ru

    n by

    Sou

    th A

    frica

    n ar

    tist,

    Sue

    Will

    iam

    son

    Vi

    site

    d U

    SA a

    nd fi

    rst t

    rip to

    New

    Yor

    k

    2005

    N

    ew W

    ork

    (Dia

    na P

    age

    and

    Jane

    You

    ng) I

    rma

    Ster

    n Ar

    t Mus

    eum

    ,

    Ca

    pe T

    own

    Im

    prin

    ts: W

    orks

    on

    pape

    r. (g

    roup

    exh

    ibiti

    on) A

    xis

    Gal

    lery

    New

    Yor

    k

    D

    esig

    n of

    sta

    ined

    gla

    ss w

    indo

    ws

    for S

    t Jos

    eph

    s Co

    llege

    , Ca

    pe T

    own

    As th

    e Ci

    ty W

    akes

    200

    5. O

    il on

    can

    vas,

    129

    x 1

    61 c

    m

    2003

    Car

    pet d

    esig

    n co

    mm

    issi

    on fo

    r

    So

    uth

    Afric

    as

    New

    Con

    stitu

    tiona

    l Cou

    rt (B

    oudo

    ir Bi

    scui

    ts)

  • Jazz

    City

    III 2

    004.

    Oil

    on c

    anva

    s, 1

    95 x

    140

    cm

  • ISTA

    NBU

    L IM

    PRO

    VISA

    TIO

    NS

    In Istanbul I have become interested in exploring the frontiers of space: city and water, surface and depth, noise and silence - and by extension, history and modernity as I experience them in the city.

    Galata Improvisation, was a celebration of my initial love for the city. Perhaps beauty or its discovery, like memory, is not something passive but is actually part of an active process of discovery and rediscovery.

    2006

    Mov

    ed to

    Ista

    nbul

  • the Bosphoros all lit up and vast in the early morning

    across a puzzle of rooves and satellite dishes

  • Gal

    ata

    Impr

    ovis

    atio

    n 20

    08. O

    il on

    can

    vas,

    2x

    (120

    x12

    0 cm

    )

    Ros

    emar

    ys

    View

    , 200

    9. O

    il on

    can

    vas,

    120

    x120

    cm

  • SHIP

    S AN

    D D

    REA

    MS

    I never thought of myself as a water painter. But I suppose it has a lot to do with where l have lived and worked. Istanbul and Cape Town are both harbour cities, also strategic passageways geographically and historically.

    To us, in the dawn, ships, slipping quietly through the

    freight cargo, it seems they carry the whole city

    city, transport our dreams. Or sometimes, in their

    out on their decks to disappear into the Black Sea.

  • To us, in