Diana Armfield

Diana Armfield was born in Hampshire, the niece of artist and illustrator Maxwell Armfield. She trained at the Slade School of Fine Art and at Central School of Arts and Crafts. Whilst at the Slade, she met her future husband, Bernard Dunstan RA (1920-2017). Armfield began her career as a textile and wallpaper designer in partnership with Roy Passano (examples of their designs can be found in the V&A collection), with whom she contributed to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Armfield also taught at the Byam Shaw School of Art for a number of years. In 1965 she turned to painting and has forged a successful career as a figurative painter ever since. She was Artist in Residence in Perth, Australia in 1985 and in Jackson, Wyoming, USA in 1989. She was elected Associate Royal Academician in 1989, before becoming a full Academician two years later.

In 2010 Browse and Darby held an exhibition to mark Armfield’s 90th birthday, and she was the featured artist in the RWS Spring Show 2011.

She is a member of the Royal Academy, the Royal Watercolour Society, the New English Art Club, the Royal West of England Academy, the Royal Cambrian Academy, and Hon. Member of the Pastel Society.

Selected Exhibitions

1975, 78 Tegfryn Art Gallery, Anglesey
1979, 81, 84, 87, 90, 93, 96, 2000, 2003, 2006 Browse and Darby, London.
1981 Stremmel Gallery, Nevada
1982 Bruton Gallery, Somerset
Royal West of England Gallery, Bristol
1985 Perth, Western Australia
1986 NEAC Centenary Exhibition
National Trust, The Long Perspective
1988 Oriel 31 Gallery in Newtown and Welshpool (combined retrospective with Bernard
Dunstan)
1995 Friend’s Room, Royal Academy
Albany Gallery, Cardiff
Glyn-y-Weddw, North Wales
1996 Canalfan y Plase, Bala
1998 Gallery Gerard, Wassenaar, Holland
Princes as Patrons, Cardiff Museum
1999 Bedales Centenary Exhibition, London
2001 Royal Cumbrian Academy
2001 Albany Gallery, Cardiff
2003 From little Acorns…, Friend’s Room, Royal Academy of Arts, London,
2003 NEAC exhibtion, Bankside Gallery, London

Commissions
1986-87 Reuters
1988 National Trust
1989 HRH Prince of Wales
1990 Contemporary Art Society, Wales

Work in Public Collections
Victoria and Albert Museum, London (Textiles)
Government Picture Collection, London
Royal West of England Academy Collection, Bristol
Yale Center for British Art
Conteporary Art Society for Wales
British Museum (R.W.S. permanent collection)
Lancaster City Art Gallery
Faringdon Collection
Mercury Asset Management Collection