Fine Art Connoisseur previews Guy Diehl

Art About Art: A Luminous Pursuit

January 2018

Fine Art Connoisseur

“Still Life with Watteau Nude,” 2017, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 32 inches

Through March 31, 2018
Dolby Chadwick Gallery

“Dolby Chadwick Gallery is pleased to announce ‘Art About Art: A Luminous Pursuit,’ an exhibition of new work by Guy Diehl,” the gallery says. “As art about art, Diehl’s paintings explore different artistic movements across recent history, often by referencing other artists within the composition itself. The still-life format, a rich tradition in its own right, allows Diehl to set up relationships between art historical references and carefully chosen everyday objects, encouraging viewers to draw their own
connections and conclusions.

“Still Life with Paper and Glass,” 2017, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 28 inches

“Although Diehl’s style can be described as realist, he creates paintings that reflect a highly personal interpretation of reality. Having studied with first-generation photorealists Robert Bechtle and Richard McLean while a master’s student at San Francisco State University, as a young painter in the mid-1970s, Diehl made work that was arguably more closely aligned with a strict application of photorealism. However, a turn toward still life and an interest in creating art that meditated upon art granted him a new way of seeing that championed the freedom of the untethered interpretive eye.”

“Conversation with Francisco de Zurbarán #5,” 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 22 x 40 inches