Diane Thodos is a painter and printmaker who lives in Evanston, Illinois. She received her BFA from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie-Mellon University in 1985 and her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1989.
In 1984 Thodos studied printmaking in Paris under Stanley William Hayter. Working at Hayter’s Atelier 17, Thodos completed important experiments using automatism, similar to those performed by Jackson Pollock in the mid 1940’s. This Abstract Expressionist method provided the basis for Thodos’ use of spontaneous lines and shapes to energize subconscious imagery.
Thodos was inspired by the powerful graphic techniques of the German Expressionists (1906 – 1932) after meeting Marcia and Granvil Specks in 1992. Over the course of two decades, she was allowed to view their collection of over 450 prints and absorbed the ideas these artists demonstrated in lithography, etching, and woodblock prints. Thodos focused on the Expressionists’ innovation of “painterly” techniques through which they created innovative traditional print processes used in biting etching plates, cutting woodblocks, and print making.
Net proceeds of Diane Thodos’ artwork to benefit United We Dream.