Re­veal­ing Life’s Mys­ter­ies

Arabella - - ARTIST TO COLLECT - Writ­ten by Kylie Sere­brin

Diana Dean’s en­chant­ment with the mys­ter­ies of life be­gan with a mag­i­cal early child­hood. Both her par­ents were born in York­shire, Eng­land – her fa­ther, Gil­bert Al­fred Dean, was a civil en­gi­neer, and her mother, Winifred, a seam­stress at Har­rod's in Lon­don, where she helped sew Queen Mary's (wife of King Ge­orge V) wed­ding dress. In1939, a ca­reer move saw the cou­ple re­lo­cate to Africa and, three years later, Diana was born in Bu­l­awayo, South­ern Rhode­sia – the sec­ond of four daugh­ters. Diana gleaned her first ex­pe­ri­ence of ar­chi­tec­ture from her fa­ther, who built the fam­ily a large, Bauhaus-style house in Bu­l­awayo. It was miles from the city and sur­rounded by wild land, with a big gar­den that her fa­ther de­signed, over­flow­ing with flow­ers and fruit trees. Close to the house was a kopjie; large rocks about 12’ high, 15’ long and 7’ wide that formed a rough cir­cle around a flat rock in the cen­tre. Diana would climb to the top, feel­ing a very spe­cial en­ergy present there. She later learned that th­ese kopjies were used by the Bush­men as sa­cred places. Sit­ting atop those rocks

left, The Egyptian & the Tightrope Walker, oil on can­vas, 4' 3" x 6' 10", 1995 above, Self Por­trait, oil on can­vas, 30" x 40", 2005 pri­vate col­lec­tion

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