Diana Guest (1909-1994)
Sculptor Diana Guest was born and raised in England, and lived in the US and Kenya as well. Her work, executed in granite, marble, alabaster and bronze (cast from the original stone), focuses on powerful but graceful renderings of animals and plants that seem to be metamorphosing from the materials themselves.
She exhibited extensively in galleries and at salons in France from the 1960s through the 1980s. She has held one-man exhibitions at the Gallerie Herve, La Demeure, and Galerie du Bost in Paris, O’Hana Gallery and Kenneth Neame Gallery in London; Rotapfet Gallery in Zurich, and in numerous galleries in the U.S., including the Seaview Gallery in Palm Beach, and the Saratoga Gallery and Bodely galleries in New York. Her work was shown at numerous salons, including the Salon d’Automne, Paris; Salon de Femmes Peintres et Sculputeurs, Istanbul and Paris; the Salon International, Paris; and several group exhibits at the Musee Rodin, the Musee du Luxembourg, and the Galerie de l’Esplanade in La Defense.
She won a silver medal from the Ville de Paris and her “Sleeping Eagle” alabaster sculpture is included in the permanent collection at the Musee du Havre in France. Her 1979 bronze sculpture, entitled Naja, is on display in the Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden at the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach. In 1994, she was decorated by the French Minister Pierre Mesmer with the medal of “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.”