About - Art Equidae

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


About Art Equidae

Art Equidae was founded by Diana Jensen Vestergaard in 2010. The business combines Diana's love of horses with her passion for fine art and photography.


About the Artist: Diana Jensen Vestergaard

Diana Jensen Vestergaard - Fine Art

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 horses.


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, Cricket. 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, and 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, 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.

Diana has worked internationally, as an artist, and also 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 notable corporate and public collections that span from Capitol Hill, USA, to Collegium Domus Regiæ, one of Denmark's oldest residential colleges, dating back to 1623. Diana's artwork is celebrated in private collections in North America, the United Kingdom, and throughout Europe.

Diana's studio is currently based in the Cariboo Regional District of British Columbia, Canada, where she divides her time between painting, photographing, and teaching creative workshops.


Professional Affiliations and Memberships

☆ Professional Member of EPNET - Equine Photographers Network, United States



☆ Friend of The Society of Equestrian Artists, England


Academia

☆ 2018/ Current - Professional Specialization Certificate - Curatorial & Collections Management - University of Victoria,Victoria, Canada


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


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


☆ 2001 - Bachelor of Art Education, with Distinction - University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada


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


☆ 1997 - Bachelor of Art & Design - University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada


☆ 1992 - Art School - Thorstedlund Kunsthøjskole, Frederiksberg, Denmark











Events & Exhibitions

☆ 2017 - The Mane Event, Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack, Canada
☆ 2017 - Gallery n. 204, Langley, 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
☆ 2005 - An Eclectic Vision, Limfjordscentret, Doverodde, Denmark


Juried Shows & Awards

☆ 2011/2012 - Ex Arte Equinus 5 - "The Runaway Ponies" selected in the Fifth Annual International Equine Art Competition, Beaumont, Texas, USA
☆ 2011 - Paint the Parks - Awarded "Honourable Mention" - Coutts Memorial Musuem of Art, El Dorado, Kansas, United States


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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