Born in Guildford in 1935, Diana Matthews studied Fine Art at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham from 1954 – 1956. Here she was trained by William Scott as well as visiting lecturers including Antony Fry, Peter Lanyon, Bryan Winter, Adrian Heath and Gillian Ayres.
She went on to teach art at various secondary schools. In 1985 she became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art. It... was only when Diana retired in 1995 that she was able to concentrate fully on painting full-time and to focus on painting still life and abstract work.
Diana's work is semi-figurative paintings. Using the composition as a vehicle for exploring abstract form and tonal study, her work includes still lifes set against backdrops of architectural studies of Bath and Florence; simplified objects and pure abstract paintings.
Diana Matthews has exhibited regularly in London and the South West including at 20/21 Royal College of Art (2014), Islington Art Fair (2013), Bath Art Society (2005/06/09/10/11/13), Olympia Decorative and Contemporary Art Fair (2011), Battersea Park Decorative and Contemporary Art Fair (2011/12), Art London (2011), Royal West of England Academy (2007/08), and Royal Society of British Artists (2007/11).