Diana Armfield


I work from observation and experience; draw and paint what I can admire, enjoy or love; to share with others what I discover and reflect on. I hope to reveal and confirm that the things and experiences I paint are of lasting importance and enormously worth cherishing. To translate into paint is always a challenge and something of a mystery.’

Diana Armfield was born in Ringwood, Hampshire, in 1920. She studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and Central School of Arts and Crafts. In 1959 she began teaching at Byam Shaw School of Art. She was Artist in Residence in Perth, Australia in 1985 and in Jackson, Wyoming, USA in 1989. 

Armfield was elected a full Member of the Royal Academy in 1991. She is also a Member of the Royal Watercolour Society, the New English Art Club, the Royal West of England Academy, the Royal Cambrian Society (Hon Retired) and an Honorary Member of the Pastel Society. She lives in London and Wales where she has exhibited extensively, predominantly with Browse & Darby.

Recent solo exhibitions

2010 Browse & Darby, London
2006 Albany Gallery, Cardiff
Browse & Darby, London
2005 New Academy Gallery, London
2004 Sheen Gallery, London
2001 Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy
Albany Gallery, Cardiff
2000 Browse & Darby, London