Diana Pooley lives in London and makes paintings, drawings, ceramic sculpture and poetry. She was born in 1941 and brought up in the Queensland outback. She studied fine art at Goldsmiths College, London, taught at Camberwell School of Art and, at first, worked as a graphic artist in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Diana Pooley's art work is included in collections in Italy, Australia, and the UK.
Her paintings and ceramics have been shown in a number of galleries, including the CCA Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts Summer Shows, the Royal Festival Hall Spirit of London, the Woodlands Gallery, the Tabernacle Gallery, the Mall Galleries and Rye Art Gallery. All the ‘Blue Pigment and Black Oil’ paintings have been displayed at restaurants including Anonimato in Notting Hill, London.
The Royal Academy of Arts Annie Hugill Trust, London, the Queensland University of Technology Museum, the North Brisbane College and private collections hold her paintings and drawings.
Her ceramics are held in the Centro d’Arte Verrocchio collection, Tuscany and in private collections.
Diana Pooley’s first book is Like This, (Salt 2009). Her poems are included in anthologies: Identity Parade – New British and Irish Poets (Bloodaxe Books, 2011 ed. Roddy Lumsden), Southbank Poetry (ed. Peter Ebsworth), Lifemarks, (Cub Publishing, 2007, ed. Jo Bell) and The Hippocrates Book of the Heart, 2017, ed. Wendy French, Michael Hulse and Donald Singer. They have been published in magazines including Poetry Review and Poetry London.
She has taken awards in the Troubadour Poetry competition, the Mslexia competition, the Poetry on the Lake competition and the Essex Poetry Competition.
“Like This is the fruit of a startling visual imagination” – RODDY LUMSDEN
“Diana Pooley has more than her own style – she has her own world” – GRETA STODDART
“fragility and fabulous energy” – ALISON BRACKENBURY (PN Review)