Diana Al-Hadid, ‘Untitled’, 2014, LAND Benefit Auction 2015

Diana Al-Hadid’s works on canvas inherit the theatrical quality and thematic focus of her sculptural pieces, while allowing her to experiment with new means of constructing pictorial space. Through scenes of architectural decay that simultaneously appear to be freezing and vanishing, Al-Hadid captures classical forms in a state of transformation and imperfection. Al-Hadid is represented by Marianne Boesky Gallery, and has work is in the collections of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. She has also been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant.

Courtesy of the Artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York

Signature: Signed en verso

Image rights: Photo credit: Jason Wyche

About Diana Al-Hadid

Diana Al-Hadid uses everyday materials, such as plaster, plywood, and cardboard, to create monochromatic, room-sized structures that seem to rise, fall, and ooze all at once. Simultaneously suggesting a sci-fi future and recalling a mythical past, the pieces combine architectural references like church spires, columns, and broken plinths with simulated fabric drapery and melting wax. Enigmatic narratives are embedded, including references to Pieter Brughel and stories about the mythical Ariadne and the 13th-century Muslim inventor Al-Jazari, who is said to have influenced Leonardo Da Vinci.

Syrian, b. 1981, Aleppo, Syria, based in Brooklyn, New York