Dianne Gall

1964, Adelaide, AU

Australian contemporary Realist painter, Dianne Gall is known for her meticulous and detailed large-scale Artworks that are cinematic, intensely colour saturated oil paintings depicting mostly solitary women.  Working from her private studio, situated 5 minutes from the CBD in Adelaide, a small coastal city of Australia she has been painting for more than 30 years since graduating from the South Australian School of Art and has been focusing on her current Femme Noir paintings, since 2012.

 The works are painted from images that Gall painstakingly creates from her staged photo shoots that she carefully sources models and locations ranging from art deco cinemas and private homes to seedy night clubs. The models are dressed in hand sourced vintage clothing and objects, lighting and furniture and tailored to suit the scene.  Once an image is decided upon, it will take many months and sometimes years to finish painting the work.

 The scenes in the paintings are in essence cinematic, a frozen moment where you can believe that there was a before and there will be an after to be played out in your mind. Like at the movies you play the part of the passive voyeur, however the stillness of paintings allows your gaze to linger only at the visible.

Dianne’s motto is “Less is more and quality is all”



1964                Born in Adelaide, South Australia.

1982                Bachelor of Arts, Design (Foundation Year), South Australian College of Advanced Education.

1983-1985     Bachelor of Arts, Fine Art. (South Australian School of Art).

Lives and works in Adelaide, South Australia.


2020                Nanda\Hobbs, Sydney.

2017                Metro Gallery, Melbourne.

2014                Brenda May Gallery, Sydney.

2012                Catherine Asquith Gallery, Melbourne.

                         Beaver Galleries, Canberra.

2011                Emerge Art Space, Perth, W.A.

2010                Cube Contemporary Art Projects, Adelaide.

2009                Beaver Galleries, Canberra

2007                Cowwarr Artspace, Cowwarr, Victoria.

2006                Michael Carr Art Dealer, Sydney.

                         Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide.

2005                Beaver Galleries, Canberra.

                         Gadfly Gallery, Perth, W.A.

2003                Cube Contemporary Art, Adelaide

2002                Soho Galleries, Sydney.

2001                Hill-Smith Fine Art Gallery, Adelaide.

1999                Hill-Smith Fine Art Gallery, Adelaide.

1997                BMGART, Adelaide.

1995                BMGART, Adelaide.

1993                BMGART, Adelaide.

1990                Tynte Gallery, Adelaide.

1988                Club Foote, Adelaide.


 2020                Melbourne Art Fair Viewing Room, Nanda\Hobbs, Sydney,

2018                 Sydney Contemporary, NandaHobbs, Sydney.

2016                  Palm Springs Art Fair, Arcadia Contemporary, Palm Springs, USA

2016, 2015       LA Art Show, Arcadia Contemporary, Los Angeles, USA

2014                  Melbourne Art Fair, CCA Projects, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne.

2006                  Melbourne Art Fair, Beaver Galleries. Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne.

2002                  Melbourne Art Fair, Cube Contemporary Art, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne.


2020                Concealed Stories. What’s Left Unseen, 33 Contemporary, Chicago, USA

2018                Objects of Desire, (Summer Survey), Bernarducci Gallery, New York, USA

                         Visions of Venus, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, USA

2015                Five and Under, Arcadia Contemporary, New York, USA

                         Smashing Suggestions, Pink Zeppelin Gallery, Berlin, Germany.

Celebration of Women Artists, Arcadia Contemporary, New York, NY USA

2014               Objects of Beauty: Contemporary Still Life Painting, CK Contemporary, San Francisco, USA.

2012                Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, USA

2011                Festivite Group Show, Catherine Asquith Gallery, Melbourne.

Group Show, The Focus Gallery, Hamilton, Canada.

2010               Net Work, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Victoria.

                       Reconfigured, Emerge Art Space, Perth, WA.

                       Mount Eyre Vineyards Art Prize, Rex Livingston Art Dealer, Sydney.

2009              Little Pictures, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria.

                         Exquisite Palette, St Luke Artist Colourmen, Victoria.

                         Snap Freeze, Still Life Now, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Yarra Valley, Victoria.

2004                Fourteen, SALA Week exhibition, Cube Contemporary Art, Adelaide.

                        Small Realities, 3-person show, Criterion Gallery, Hobart.

                       Still, Cube Contemporary Art, Adelaide
 2003             Eleven, SALA Week exhibition, Cube Contemporary Art, Adelaide.

                      14 Paintings, Cube Contemporary Art, Adelaide.

                       Cube + Nodrum + Abrahams, Cube Contemporary Art, Adelaide.

                      Adelaide Contemporary, Eva Breuer Gallery, Sydney.

2002             Luminous, helengory galerie, Melbourne.

                      PURE Cube Contemporary Art, Adelaide.

                      The Painted Fold-The Garment in Art, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne.

2001              7 UP, Studio 91B Gallery, Adelaide.

2000               Rural & Urbane, Three Adelaide Painters
, Riddoch Regional Gallery, Mt Gambier.

1993                BMG at the HILTON, Hilton Hotel Adelaide.

1991                ALL BOXED UP, Jam Factory Gallery, Adelaide.

                        EMERGENCY, Artspace, Adelaide Festival Centre.

1990                SAW, members of South Australian Workshop exhibition, North Adelaide School of Art Gallery.

                         SMALL OBSESSIONS, (small scale paintings & constructions), The College Gallery, South Australian School of Art, Adelaide.

1989                A SMALL PICTURE SHOW, Tynte Gallery Adelaide.

1986                WILDLIFE, Tete Gallery, Living Arts Centre, Adelaide Festival of Arts.

1985                PAINTING BY NUMBERS, South Australian School of Art Gallery, Adelaide.

                         Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia Exhibition, toured to Alexander Galleries, Perth.

1984                REMARKS, Royal South Australian Society of Arts, Kintore Gallery, Adelaide.


Bennett Collection, USA
Parliament House Collection, Canberra.
Private collections throughout Australia, United States and Europe.


Kloosterboer, L.;McGregor, K. Lost Dreamers exhibition catalogue, Nanda Hobbs Gallery, Sydney 2020 44pp

Lemmon, Jackie. Strategy in a world of paint. Beautiful Bizarre Magazine. June 2019 Issue 25, pp 66-69.

O’Hern, John. Collectors Focus:Figurative Art : Human Nature. American Art Collector December 2019 Issue 170 pp 70-86.

Visions of Venus PoetsArtists Issue 92, February 2018.

Fifty Great Figurative Artworks 2017. PoetsArtists Issue 89 November 2017

Frost, A. Critics’ Choice- this is reality, Australian Art Collector, 2017 81 (Jul-Sep) p174

Women Artists, American Arts Quarterly, Summer 2015 34 (3) http://www.nccsc.net/reviews/women-artists

Celebrating Women Artists, American Art Collector, April 2015, Issue 114 pp 124-125

Vargas, J. Edward Hopper’s Ghost Daughter Glory Days Magazine 2015 Issue 9 pp 25-27

Gorman, Louise. Art imitating life SA Life 11 (7) 2014 pg 90-91

Grishin, Sasha. Tense Atmosphere, Times 2, Wednesday 22nd August 2012, Canberra Times.

Net Work the TLF exhibition Catalogue Art Gallery of Ballarat 2010.

Martin, Colin. Snap Freeze Artichoke no 22 pg 76-77 2008.

Eclectic artist featured at Cowwarr Gippsland Country Life vol 1, no 1 2007 pg 30.

Artists in Action for you, Tim Lloyd, The Advertiser Aug 15 2007.

Exhibition Catalogue Snap Freeze, Still Life Now curated by Jenna Blyth, Catalogue Essay A moment in time by Blyth, Jenna & forward by Palmer, Maudie. TarraWarra Museum of Art, 60pp 2007.

Exhibition Catalogue Flamingos and Tea Cakes Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide. 2006.

Exhibition Catalogue Metaphors for Memory Beaver Galleries, Canberra. June 2005.

Gazing out West, Fisher, Louise. ‘Western Suburbs Weekly’ 8 February 2005 pg 47.

Andersch, Joerg. Inside Arts Distinctive Perceptions, The Saturday Mercury, pg74, June 12, 2004.

Percy, Natasha. More than just a pretty picture, Artist’s Palette Magazine, No 30, 2004, pp 16-22.

Neylon, John. Redressing the issues, The Adelaide Review, January 2004, number 244, p30.

Dutkiewicz, Adam, Dressed to Impress, The Advertiser, 8 November 2003, pg 88.

Clifton, Catherine, Beauty Beckons, Adelaide Matters Issue 42, November 2003, pg 13.

Osborne, Margot, Retrieving the Feminine, Desire Exhibition Catalogue essay, Cube Contemporary Art 2003.

Bowron, Julian. Catalogue, EMERGENCY, Adelaide Festival Centre Trust, 1991.

Radock, Stephanie. SAW Show. Art Monthly. Number 30, May 1990 pp 12-13.

Emery, John. Images portray different styles.  The Advertiser, 11 April 1990, p20.


Miller, Chris. May 30 2018. Risking Rebuke in the #MeToo Milieu: A Review of Visions of Venus at the Zhou B Art Center. May 2018.

Podcast July 2017 ep 90 John Dalton’s Gently Does it Interview with Dianne Gall, One Painting for Life

Podcast March 8 2015 Cocktail Nation’s Ultra Swank Ep 347 Interview with Dianne Gall with Koop Kooper

Issuu May 2015 Celebrating Women Artists, Arcadia Contemporary

Artsy Editorial Celebrating the power of women artists April 28 2015

Bridge, Claire. Art World Women Femme Noir and the mysterious realism of artist Dianne Gall 30 October 2012.

Shirrefs, Michael The Art of Mentoring, follow-up interview with Lorelei Siegloff, Adelaide-based artist, Amanda Pepe, CEO of the Helpmann Academy in Adelaide and Dianne Gall on ‘Creative Instinct’ Radio National, ABC Radio broadcast 16th June 2012.”

Shirrefs, Michael Mentoring, An Interview with Lorelei Siegloff, Adelaide-based artist and Dianne Gall on ‘Artworks’ Radio National, ABC Radio broadcast 18th April 2010.”

Desire at Cube Contemporary Art, Stateline 7th November 2003 ABC Television, Adelaide.

ABC Television, Stateline 7th September 2001. Interview re Recent Paintings at Sam Hill-Smith Gallery, Adelaide.

ABC Television, Stateline 3rd August 2001. Interview re 7 UP Exhibition, Studio 91B, Adelaide.


Finalist, Mount Eyre Vineyards Art Prize, Rex Livingston Art Dealer, Sydney.

Finalist, Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW 2007.