Dianne Grammer: A Retrospective

A Dianne Grammer Restrospective

LAST LIGHT. Every day a new picture is painted and framed, held up for half and hour, in such lights as the Great Artist chooses, and then withdrawn, and the curtain falls. And then the sun goes down, and long the afterglow gives light, and then the damask curtains glow along the western window, and now the first star it lit, and I go home...        –HENRY DAVID THOREAU


Austin, TX - The Davis Gallery is pleased to present the much-anticipated works of Dianne Grammer since her untimely passing in 2011. A native Texan, Dianne Grammer captured the beauty of the landscape with a true sense of light and color. Her pastels and oils depict deep canyons, tranquil lakes and shimmering creeks and rivers, all taking different expressions as they cut through the Texas landscape. Expanses of grasses and wildflowers are woven together with a sense of both order and freedom, set against broad distant horizons. Truly inspired by nature, her work is based on numerous sketches made while hiking and kayaking.

The late Dianne Grammer grew up in Houston and lived in Austin with her husband of thirty-nine years until her death on August 18, 2011. Dianne and her husband have two grown sons, Jonathan, and his wife, Claire, and their two children, Jeb and Grace; and Christopher, and his wife, Jennifer. Art was Grammer's life long passion, painting full time for the past thirty years.

Grammer received her BFA degree from the University of Texas at Austin and was a faculty member of the Austin Museum of Art and Ghost Ranch, Abiquii, New Mexico. Prior to her death, Dianne had just returned from teaching a ten-day painting workshop in France and had looked forward to this new endeavor in her life.

Nationally her work has been exhibited in Chicago, New York, California and New Mexico. Exhibitions in Texas include the Dallas Museum of Art, Austin Museum of Art, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Grace Museum in Abilene, Tyler Museum of Art, Waco Art Center and Museum of the Big Bend. Her work can be found in numerous museum collections as well as corporate and private collections, including Shell Oil, Governor Dolph Briscoe, Luci Baines Johnson Turpin, University of Texas at Austin, MD Anderson Hospital, and the Four Seasons Hotel.

Selected Exhibitions:
Austin Museum of Art, Governor's Mansion - Austin, Davis Gallery, Austin, Texas (Awarded Best Gallery Show 2002 by Austin Art Critics), Edmund Craig Gallery - Fort Worth, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Valley House Gallery - Dallas, Grace Museum - Abilene, Tyler Art Museum, Waco Art Center, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of the Big Bend - Alpine, Alexandria Museum of Art - Louisiana, San Bernardino County Museum - California, National Small Paintings Exhibition - Albuquerque, New Mexico, Oil Painters of America - Chicago, Illinois, Pastel Society of America Exhibition - New York, New York, Ventana Gallery - Santa Fe, New Mexico

Private & Corporate Collections:
Governor Dolph Briscoe, Luci Baines Johnson, MD Anderson Hospital, Shell Oil Company, Fulbright & Jaworski, University of Texas, Texas State University, Williams Square, Four Seasons Hotel - Austin, St. David's Hospital, Lowell Leberman, Marriott Hotel - Minneapolis, Ross & Matthews, Brackenridge Hospital, Carpenter Company - Richmond, Environtech - Austin, Houston Power & Light, Heart Hospital - Austin, Thompson & Knight, Sid Peterson Hospital - Kerrville, University Federal Credit Union - Austin, Southwest Memorial Hospital - Houston, KTB Designs, Summitt Community Bank - Fort Worth, Harris Methodist Hospital - Fort Worth, Craig Hester & Associates - Austin, Beacon Eye Institute - Houston, Altura Company - Houston, Porter & Hedges - Austin, Lockton Company - Houston, Burlington Northern Santa Fe - Fort Worth

Published Works:
CONVERSATIONS WITH A RIVER - Paintings and Journal of one year on Lady Bird Lake, 40pgs., 21 color plates
TEXAS TRADITIONS - Contemporary Artists of the Lone Star State 240 pgs., 225 color plates