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Diwani Oak

Diwani has been a practising Artist for over 30 years.

She has worked with felt for the last ten years, juxtaposing

the qualities of paint and the luscious texture and colours of

felt to give her work a distinctive quality. The two different

mediums work together to add a unique dimension to each

piece, which is at once sculptural and painterly.

The work is not quiet, and not often small! She likes her work

to have an impact on the space around it and for the work

to draw the viewer into its energy and vibrancy.

Use the links above to see more of her work and view the

changing slideshows on each page.

2020: Brolga

Living in the Northern Rivers of NSW I have become much more aware of the Indigenous view of this land, it’s wildlife and it’s spirits. I have read indigenous authors and seen indigenous films. One of those writer’s whose book “The Yield” inspired me sincerely, was Tara June Winch.
Tara Winch talks about her “disappeared” sister as coming back to “talk” to her as a Brolga and how the Brolga was her sister’s totem. This reminded me of the first time I saw Brolgas. I was about 10 years old and my family were heading up the Birdsville Track. We saw several groups of Brolgas and I was struck by their size, grace, poise and elegance. The colour of the Brolga is a delicious creamy grey and their eyes are purposeful. I have wanted to express this in my art for years and for me it is as though the images have been waiting to be released and expressed artistically. The images seem to flow out of me from a deeper connection to land and spirit.
The dance of the Brolga is like an eternal expression of the power and joy in movement, and the expression of life, and of being in the moment, that is the dances essence.
Acrylic paint and felt

Recent Commisions:

2015 commission : Moonlight Maples

Size: approx 1m x 2m canvas
Acrylic paint and felt

2016 commission : Autumn Leaves

Size: approx 1m x 1.5m canvas
Acrylic paint and felt