The Allure and Nature of Feminine Power

CompanyDiane Epstein Photography
PhotographerDiane Epstein
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

The power of nature and the feminine forces in all its beauty and vitality not only lures us to a sense of abandon, a dreamlike, sensual place, where we can commune with the essence of life; its power also demands the shadow and the depths beneath the surface to come forth with greater visibility. Like the dancing trees, we are intertwined, holding a powerful position on this planet, one that requires respect and nourishment for real sustainability, growth and healing. With Epstein’s signature style of Fresco Photography, she overlays multiple exposures of rich details and textures, independently shot from different surfaces, onto scenes of natural and cultural elements. This series is meant as a calling to bring into light the emergence of feminine power, the beauty and fulfillment of deeply held yearnings, and the permission for everyone of us to be fully authentic, expressive and lovingly exposed for our beautiful nature.

About Photographer

SELECT ARTISTIC BACKGROUND: Fine Art Photographer. Diane Epstein Photography 2003 – Present Innovative artist and pioneer of Fresco Photography. Diane Epstein collaborates with designers, architects and art consultants to create art to enhance the design of public/interior spaces. She exhibits her photography in galleries, showrooms, museums, embassies, art institutions and universities in Europe, Asia and the United States. Founder, The Artist Salon 2013 – Present An international artistic community where creative professionals and artists exchange ideas, collaborate and organize multidisciplinary exhibits in order to realize their creative potential and share the transforming power of art with the world. SELECT INSTALLATIONS: Alongside the prominent collection of world-class photographers, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, the Dorskind family collection has purchased 2 nude fresco photographs by Diane Epstein at 24 x 36" each entitled: Immersed (Female Torso in Water) and Derriere / June 2017 Stanford University commission for 4 large-scale diptych and triptych fresco collages printed on stretched canvas entitled: Open Book (72″x 72″) Hands of Connection (72″x 72″), Shapes of Wisdom (84″ x 60″), and the Mystery of Knowledge (84″ x 60″) for four lobbies of graduate school residential halls / September 2014 Trees on Sliding Glass, (85″H x 40″ W), Sonoma, California. Printed and inlaid in glass with light reflecting behind the image / July 2015 Collage of A.S Roma Soccer Trio commissioned by one of the U.S owners of the soccer team in Rome. Printed on Hahnemühle fine art paper (each at 40″H x 40″W). The trio of the soccer balls consists of a Golden Ball; Romulus & Remus and a Fire Ball. Fresco photography triptych for L.A. offices / June 2014 Museum of Rome’s Caffe Braschi, (Piazza Navona) Rome; Showing of fifteen various sized fresco photographs stretched on canvas and printed on Hahnemühle fine art paper, as well as color/sepia-toned images of cafe life / March 2014 – October 2015 (6 images in their permanent collection) Hotel Mario de Fiori 37, Rome, Six images (43’H X 65″W each) printed on Hahnemühle fine art paper of architectural fresco photographs and framed for their suites and lounge, and 36″H X 87″W image for the lobby | February 2015 La Scala in Malaysia; Ten large-scale fresco photographs printed on Hahnemühle fine art paper and framed throughout the luxury space and restaurant / January 2014 permanent display Rome Luxury Suites, Babuino 35, Rome; Large-scale (90″H x 313″W) collage with 325 images, printed on printed on fine art paper and backed in aluminum, inlaid in the wall of the lobby with special lighting above the collage, with coating that eliminated the need for glass. An additional twelve fresco photographs (43’H X 65″W each) were installed in their lounges and suites | December 2012 Ceasar’s Palace, Las Vegas; (50’H X 50″W) fresco photograph for a public space | June 2012 Sheraton Hotel, Rome; Four (65″H X 43″W) sepia toned architectural images printed on Hahnemühle fine art paper and framed for public space | September 2011 Hotel Babuino 181, Rome; Commissioned to create over sixty photographs, including frescoes for lobby, breakfast area and 16 suites (64″ x 43″ each), and sepia-toned architectural details printed on printed on Hahnemühle fine art paper throughout the hotel, as well as a large-scale diptych for the dining area. Acquired for permanent display from February 2010. The most recent acquisition | October 2015. Hotel Margutta 54, Rome; Fresco photograph stretched on canvas (72″H X 51″W) for the hotel entrance and 4 other large-scale fresco images printed on Hahnemühle fine art paper for the suites | April 2010 SELECT EXHIBITIONS: Shears & Window, San Francisco; Diane Epstein: Transforming Interior Space with Fresco Photography (Solo Opening) |September 2015 – April 2016. Ten fresco photographs printed on aluminum and paper will remain for continued showing. Gerald Bland Gallery, New York; Transforming Interior Space with Fresco Photography. (Solo Opening) | April 2015 – present St. Stephen’s Cultural Center Foundation, Rome: Meanwhile: Light and Presence (Group Show with the Artist Salon) May 2014 – June 2014 Gerald Bland Gallery, New York; Angels, Goddesses and the Spirit of Italy (Solo Opening) | December 2011 – February 2012 Paolo Antonacci Gallery, Rome; Capturing the Timelessness of Venice, Rome & the Italian Countryside | (Solo Show) September – October 2011 Panopticon Gallery, Boston; Photography Salon (Group Show) | May 2011 Susan Calloway Fine Arts, Washington, DC; Beneath the Surface (Solo Show) | November – Dec. 2010 Gerald Bland Gallery, New York; Beneath the Surface (Solo Opening)| October – November 2010 Paolo Antonacci Gallery, Rome; La Roma di Diane Epstein (Solo Show) | May – September 2010 American Embassy, Rome; Diane Epstein’s Latest Works (Solo Show)| October – November 2009 American Academy, Rome; Through the Eyes of Women (Group Show) | May 2006 The Residence of the Belgian Ambassador to Italy, Rome, Roma Autentica (Solo Show) | May 2005 John Cabot University, Rome; Roma Autentica (Solo Show) | May – June 2005 Museum at Palazzo Boccarini, Amelia, Umbria; Le Foto di Diane Epstein (Solo Show) | June 2005 EDUCATION: Masters of Arts Degree in Psychology and Counseling John F. Kennedy University Graduated with honors in 1983 Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts Sonoma State University Graduated with honors in 1978 Born in New York City, Epstein grew up in California and London before moving to Rome in 1995. In 2016 she relocated back to the San Francisco Bay Area.