Diane Johnson-Ackerman


Di graduated from Rhodes University in 1973 with a B. Fine Arts (Honours) majoring in Painting. She has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions in South Africa and abroad. A number of her works form part of private and public collection locally and private collections abroad. Di is a painter and printmaker for which she has achieved numerous awards. Di is a Fellow of the South African Society of Artists and has achieved Associateship of the Water Colour Society of Southern Africa.  Di has illustrated a number of books, annual reports and technical papers.  Di has been fortunate to have been in residence at the Cite in Paris on three occasions since 2008. 


Artist’s Statement

Di Johnson-Ackerman is a disciplined observer and a skilled draftswoman, concerned with rendering subtle colour and reflection. “I love simplicity, clean lines, detail and definition. I love the mood that darkness and light evokes …. the mystery of the shadows within Karoo buildings contrasting with the clarity of the light outside”.