Diane Rendle: Messengers
This exhibition of new paintings by Diane Rendle draws on imagery gathered from the artist’s travels abroad combined with a detailed system of symbolism relating to the natural world. Rendle is interested in the idea of exploration and the process through which stories take shape. Many of the references in her paintings are from impressions gathered whilst growing up in Africa. The paintings are inhabited by people and animals travelling through tropical landscapes of lush foliage, seemingly on journeys of exploration. Having travelled extensively to places including the Far East, Russia, Japan and Turkey, much of Rendle’s work seeks to explore worlds existing within the imagination, merging fragments of the real and unreal. Rendle creates a world that cannot be realised, but hints at narratives played out between human and animal characters. The scenes are illustrative, rich with detail and highly atmospheric.
Throughout the exhibition, people and animals appear drawn from nocturnal worlds. Birds are a constant motif in the paintings, seemingly relaying stories through the scenes of exotic, unspecified lands. Centring on the theme of the messenger, and connections between the human and natural worlds, Rendle’s work presents an enticing window into an alternative existence in exotic climes, filled with curious happenings.
Rendle was born and grew up in East Africa. Her family lived in Tanzania, Kenya and Botswana, before they returned to the UK when Rendle was 15 years old. After graduating from Hornsey College of Art, London, in 1981 with a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration she moved to Edinburgh to work for a design consultancy. She now works from her studio in the Scottish Borders. Rendle has had a number of solo exhibitions with the Open Eye Gallery and taken part in many group exhibitions in Scotland. She has work in private collections throughout the UK.