Diana Copperwhite: An Island from the Day Before

6 October - 10 November 2011

“Copperwhite’s work focuses on how the human psyche processes information, and looks at the mechanisms of how we formulate what is real.  With her work, she is fully aware that such realities may only hold validity for an instant, and that we are constantly processing and changing what we logically hold as experience and memory. Layering fragmented sources that range from personal memory to science, from media and internet to personal memory, Copperwhite’s canvases become worlds in which the real is unreal and this unreality is in a constant state of reforming.”

Noel Kelly , Director of Visual Artist Ireland


Diana Copperwhite was born in Ireland in 1969. She studied Fine Art Painting  at Limerick School of Art and Design and The National College of Art and Design, Dublin. She completed an MFA at Winchester School of Art, Barcelona in 2000.

In 2007 she was winner of the AIB Art Prize and in 2008 she was a finalist in the Guasch Coranty Fundacio Painting Prize, Centre Cultural Metropolita Tecia Sala, Barcelona. In 2008 she also completed a Project Residency in Temple Bar Gallery and Studios and was elected ARHA by the Royal Hibernian Academy , Dublin.

She has exhibited widely, her recent shows include The Fold at Visual Centre for Contemporary  Art (Carlow),  New Works Visiting Artists at Graphic Studio Gallery  (Dublin), Graphic Studio: 50 Years in Dublin at Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin) in 2011; Collecting the New: Recent Acquisitions to the IMMA Collection at Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin) in 2010. Forthcoming shows include a group show: Michael Kalmbach, Hiraki Sawa & Diana Copperwhite  at Solstice Art Centre (Navan) curated by Jacqui McIntosh in 2012.


Her work is in public and private collections including: Irish Museum of Modern Art, Allied Irish Banks, Arts Council of Ireland, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Office of Public Works,  Contemporary Irish Art Society, Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery, Mariehamn Stadbiblioteque, Dublin Institute of Technology,  Jefferson Smurfit, KPMG, Arthur Andersen Plc, International Red Cross Netherlands, Aland (Finland), The President of Ireland, Jean Cherqui Paris and Arthur Cox.