Artist - Art Equidae

Fine Art & Photography

Est. 2010

by Diana Jensen Vestergaard



Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell the story.
~ Homer

About the Artist: Diana Jensen Vestergaard


Artist Statement

The horse is Muse! Through various media I seek to capture the essence of Equus. My aesthetic celebrates the spirit and beauty of the horse.


Biography

Diana Jensen Vestergaard is an internationally recognized artist, photographer, and art historian who specializes in equine themes.

Diana's artwork and academic research explores a number of genres that celebrate the horse, including narrative, mythological and allegorical subjects, portraiture, and sporting art.

Born in the picturesque town of Port Alberni, on Vancouver Island, Canada, Diana grew up in the saddle. Her relationship with horses began at the age of five, with her Shetland Pony. Her knowledge and love of horses developed throughout her youth. She was an active member of Pony Club and spent hours each day with her Thoroughbred mare, riding deep into the wilderness, or training in show jumping and dressage. As far back as she can remember Diana has been drawing and painting horses. Throughout her life the horse has been her inspiration, and guiding Muse.

Diana's formal artistic education began in 1992, in Denmark, where she developed interests in drawing, printmaking, and painting at Thorstedlund Kunsthøjskole. She continued her schooling in Edmonton, at the University of Alberta, where she studied a major in art history, while also developing skills in figurative sculpture, ceramics, and photography. In 1997 Diana graduated with a Bachelor of Art and Design. In 2001 Diana achieved a Bachelor of Art Education, with distinction, also from the University of Alberta. Inspired by artistic paradigms of the Western tradition, Diana moved to Europe in 2003 to study the Masters. She embraced classical training at The Florence Academy of Art, whereby she received a Certificate in Academic Drawing in 2008. In 2010 Diana graduated with a master’s degree in art history from the University of Copenhagen.

The methodology of Diana's artistic practice is rooted in the Classical Realist tradition. Her artistic approach is firmly based on Naturalism and age-old approaches to drawing and painting. Diana's aesthetic attempts to capture the beauty and spirit of the horse through a mastery of craft.

Diana has worked internationally, at art galleries and museums, in the roles of gallery assistant, art collections deputy, docent, and art educator. Her interest in culture and travel has led to residencies at award winning establishments such as Borgo Santo Pietro, located in the picturesque countryside of Tuscany, Italy.

Diana's equine paintings are represented by Equis Art Gallery in New York. Her paintings can be found in public collections that include Collegium Domus Regiæ, one of Denmark's oldest residential colleges, dating back to 1623. Diana's artwork is represented in private collections on Capitol Hill, USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, and throughout Europe.

Diana's studio is currently based in Greater Vancouver where she divides her time between painting, photographing, and teaching creative workshops.


Professional Affiliations and Memberships


Academia

Continuing Studies

2010 - Master of Arts - Art History - University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark


2008 - Certificate in Academic Drawing - The Florence Academy of Art, Florence, Italy


2002 - Studies in Cultural Resource Management - The University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada


2001 - Bachelor of Art Education - Graduated 'cum laude' - University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada


1997/98 - Special Topics in Art History - The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada


1997 - Bachelor of Arts - University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada


1992 - Art School - Thorstedlund Kunsthøjskole, Frederiksberg, Denmark

2016 - "Painting the Portrait from Life" with Jura Bedic, The Florence Academy of Art, Sweden
2016 - Goldleafing with Anne-Mette Lehrskov, Denmark
2009 - "Portrait Painting" with Maureen Hyde & Stephen Baumann, The Florence Academy of Art, Italy
2008 - "Classical Still Life Painting" with Cornelia Hernes, The Florence Academy of Art, Italy
2004 - Ceramic studies with Sandra Davolio, Denmark
2001/03 - Studies in drawing, printmaking, photography, painting, sculpture, ceramics at The University of Copenhagen
2001/02 - Figurative sculpture with Niel Fertell, Professor Emeritus, Canada
1998/99 - Ceramic studies, The Old School House, Canada
1995/96 - Photography and graphic design, The University of Alberta


Events & Exhibitions

2017 - The Mane Event, Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack, Canada
2017 - West Fine Art Show @ The Glass House Winery, Langley, Canada
2017 - West Fine Art Show @ Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair, Cloverdale, Canada
2016 - West Fine Art Show @ Thunderbird Show Park , Langley, Canada
2016 - Pacific Polo Cup, Southlands, Vancouver, Canada


Juried Shows & Awards

2011/2012 - Ex Arte Equinus 5 - First Annual International Equine Art Competition, Beaumont, Texas, USA


Notable Public Commissions & Corporate Collections

☆ "The Kings of Canmor" - Canmor Farms - Thoroughbred Breeding and Training Farm, Aldergrove, Canada
☆ "The Regensen Project" - Collegium Domus Regiæ - Denmark's oldest residential college, founded in 1623, University of Copenhagen and Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark


Artist Residencies

2010 - Borgo Santo Pietro, Chiusdino, Italy


Equine Charity Partnerships

Each year Art Equidae donates time and artwork to support charities representing horses in need.
Charities include:
☆ BC SPCA
☆ New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society
☆ Pipsqueak Paddocks, Miniature Horse Haven Society


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