The work of Diana Shannon Young transcends the familiar to the abstract thus provoking a dialogue. Primarily self directed her work is uninhibited by structured discipline. The evolution of creativity speaks in loud vibrant hues or tranquil monotones, all juxtaposed with provacative color and texture.
Growing up in the south an elementary school teacher encouraged her artistic talents. Transplanted to southern California she continued her art pursuit into adulthood.
An Entrepreneur at heart she opened her first art gallery in the 1970's allowing her to further her knowledge and techniques through continued education with workshops, tutorials with accomplished artist and observation of the works of the masters,
thus inspiring her unique style.
Forever the champion of the African American spirit, struggle, inspirations and dreams is evident in her figurative paintings. However, it is texture and color that intrigues her most. the use of varied mediums to create texture and occassional use of fabric, photos or periodicals to create nostalgia or implications in her figurative work can be educational and intriguing.
Her non-figurative abstracts and florals dance with texture and soft vibrant hues often morphing fromthe familiarto the abstract.
Recipient of numerous solo museum exhibitions:
including three seperate one woman shows at The Museum of African Art in Los Angeles, Ca including the 2019 exhibit curated by Larry Earl lead Curaor for the Kinsey Collection and Destination Crenshaw ( An inovative Linear Museum) slated to be installed in Los Angeles, CA. Her works are often included in Museum group exhibitions along side Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, William Tolliver, Selma Lewis and more.
Selected Commissions –
The National Office of The March of Dimes- The Congressional Black Caucus ALC- Black Enterprise Magazine and Events - Govenor and Maria Shriver Women's Conference - Chapters of AKA , DST, ZPB , SGR Sorority , Inc. - The Pan African Film and Arts Festival - The National Forum of Black Public Administrators - The national Medical association among others.
Partial Juried Exhibitions:
National Black Fine Art Show - Harlem Fine Art Show - Art Expo New York, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Miami - Art Basel, Miami - Lyceum Theater & Gallery, San Diego, Ca.
Ebony Magazine - Voyage LA - The Journal to the National Medical Association
Art 2000 Images magazine - LA Weekly Magazine - Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper - Decor Magazine - Etc.
"The Housewives of the Potomac" - "Married to Medicine, Los Angeles" - "David Makes Man"
The Artist is also lead Curator of "Black Art Beyond Bounds" featuring original and limited Edition work of masters and emerging artist of the African diaspora including Joseph Holston, Billy Dee Williams, Varnette P. Honeywood, Dane Tilghman, William Tolliver and more.
Divorcee - Two grown daughters - two mini schnauzers "Etta James" and "B B King." Motown, Jazz, R and B and Blues lover.
Fishing, Road trips, snow skiing and always ready to take to the skies.
"Don't forget to stop and smell the roses"