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Jean-Louis Diaz

As a visual arts educator, I’ve had the opportunity to try my hand at all sorts of techniques and materials. However, for my own work, I keep coming back to painting as my main expression and oils as my preferred medium.

My particular specialty, which I am quite passionate about, is working with an oil-based encaustic medium.

I would describe myself as a ‘colourist’ and this, I think, is evident in my work in the gallery below. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about my work, or want to come and visit my atelier.

Fiona Diaz

Even before I worked as a designer I was naturally drawn to drawing and design. At university I studied photography and illustration as part of my Bachelor of Arts degree – Graphics. These days, looking at things with my designers’ eye is de rigeur!

In recent years I’ve embraced photography once again and am constantly inspired by my surroundings here in Provence, I just love capturing all those wonderful details!

Do check out my photographs in the gallery. Any feedback is welcome!

Current work

My new work is based on the nearby river Rèal here in Jouques. I am continuing to use oil-encaustic paints but have decided to explore the translucent quality of the medium. 
I have been partly inspired by the Beach Boys song called ‘Feel flows’. It is a beautifully ethereal musical composition which I hope to emulate in my visual work. Water is, of course, a great metaphor for the passage of time and reflecting on life. JL

All artworks are AVAILABLE for sale unless stated as SOLD in the caption on each enlargement.

Price lists are available on request – please contact us.

Collections

Les sentiers de Jouques - the walking trails of Jouques

Exhibited at Artelier Provence, rue des Baumes, Jouques, France 2019

Having been based in Jouques all year round has allowed me to not only appreciate the changing of the seasons on the landscape, but also to explore the walking trails at the edge of the village in different conditions. I felt compelled to respond to this environment and present a collection that related to my new location in Provence.

I have used a variety of media including water-colour, ink, pastel, charcoal, acrylic and oil-encaustic. JL

Urban sanctum

Selection of artworks exhibited at Harvison Gallery, Perth 2014

These paintings depict peaceful sanctuaries which are set amongst busy, sometimes intense, bustling cities.

It is always enjoyable to discover peaceful promenades, enclaves and niches set amongst urban environments. It is about enjoying the moment to contemplate, daydream . . . and imagine. JL

Light of India

Selection of artworks exhibited at Harvison Gallery, Perth 2013

The concept for ‘Light of India‘ came about early whilst I was creating the collection, when I realized that the common thread between the diverse artworks was a certain quality of light. That also became a metaphor for India today; as diverse as the country has become, from its ancient past, it still has a common heartbeat, a constant light. JL

Tapestry of colour

Selection of artworks exhibited at the Gadfly Gallery, Perth 2012

This collection marks my return to painting on a fulltime basis.

Each location, each new painting presented a new opportunity to explore and experiment. The antiquity of Istanbul, the raw beauty of the Greek Cyclades and the sheer eclectic elegance of Paris, are each unique and memorable.

For me the use of colour is paramount, as well as showing evidence of the pushing and prodding of the oil-encaustic medium in expressing my version of these places.  JL

Photographs

All photographs are available as prints, both from our atelier-gallery and online. If you’d like to purchase, please email me via the ‘get in contact’ button with your enquiry.

I’ll be providing information about sizes and prices of prints soon. F