We are excited to announce our 2019 featured artist, Dianne Britton Dunham!
Born and educated in Ohio, Diane Britton Dunham draws from countless memories of her family’s experience as the inspiration for her artwork. Touched by the commonalities that all Africans in America share, Dunham creates works that celebrate the common traditions of the historical African American cultures, particularly those of the Lowcountry of South Carolina and the coastal parishes of Louisiana.
Dunham spent many childhood years in Louisiana and later, at the age of 25, she moved to the coastal Lowcountry of South Carolina, where she has lived over half her life. Both of these highly recognized regions impact the style, technique, and subject matter that distinguish her pieces. While the Gullah culture of South Carolina is unique in its pure preservation of culture through undisturbed African lineages, the Creole culture is a celebration of the blending of French, African, Spanish and Native American cultures. Paradoxically, Dunham is able to capture significant components of each culture within her creations.
Pieces created by Dunham represent the landscape, customs, and heritage of the coastal areas of both South Carolina and Louisiana as characterized by marshes, bayous, open and natural sun and moonlight, and pastoral homes, schoolhouses, and churches. Frequently incorporating marked elements that characterize her pieces, Dunham is well known for her brilliant coloring, intricate human and landscape forms, and themes that represent life in South Carolina’s Lowcountry region and the bayous of Louisiana.
A self-taught mixed media artist and instructor, Dunham has received honors and awards from organizations like the Artisan Center, the Gullah Festival, and the Beaufort Art Association. Her works have also been featured in national publications including Southern Living Magazine and Black Enterprise Magazine.
Dunham currently resides in Burton, South Carolina with her husband, noted musician Phillip Griffin.
Visit dianesart.com to learn more about our featured artist for the 23rd Gullah Celebration, February 1-29, 2019.