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Featured Artist Works Displayed in the Offices of the Governor

January, February and March 2007 - Dyan Rey (Grand Forks)

Photo of Dyan ReyDyan Rey has been a professional artist for over twenty-five years and has exhibited her artwork in seventeen solo shows as well as many group shows. She has received awards and grants to attend Artist Residency programs. Her work is in many private and public collections.

Dyan was born and raised in Grand Forks. She graduated from Central High School and attended the University of North Dakota. She later attended college at San Francisco State College and the University of Oregon, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting in 1977.

She lived in Seattle for ten years where she actively pursued an art career, exhibiting extensively in the Pacific Northwest where she was represented by the Greg Kucera Gallery. In 1987 she was awarded a seven month residency fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She remained on the East Coast for the next five years, managing an art gallery in Provincetown and working in museums in New York City, while continuing to paint and exhibit her work.

Upon returning to Grand Forks, Dyan entered the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of North Dakota, receiving her degree in 1996. Her work was chosen to be the inaugural exhibit for the opening of the Empire Theatre Performing Arts Center.  She maintains a painting studio in downtown Grand Forks and is a Lecturer in the University of North Dakota Visual Arts Department. She is married to State Representative Eliot Glassheim.

Artist Statement: "My paintings and oil pastel drawings are colorful and expressionistic; they are upbeat and joyful in tone. I work in thematic series: organic abstractions, the figure in an environment and landscapes are the most recent.

I arrive at my imagery by working intuitively, improvising color, form, and interval into compositions. The abstractions are characterized by bold forms that have a sense of metamorphosis in their progression. They have evolved from a series of earlier works where I only painted in black, white, and grey.

In the figurative series, the images of women are loosely based on my own life journey; many of the environments are scenes from some of the places I have lived: Seattle, Cape Cod, and now Grand Forks. There has been an evolution in how the woman is placed in the environment, from the early paintings where she was hidden and obscured by the plant forms, to the current pieces where she has emerged from behind the foliage into the front plane of the picture.

Whether abstract, figurative, or landscape, my works are characterized by movement and energy that symbolize growth."

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Dyan Rey images
Tropical Plant
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"Tropical Plant #2" 2006 Oil Pastel

Untitled 2006 Oil Pastel
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In the Garden
Untitled 2006 Oil Pastel
"In the Garden" 2004 Charcoal
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