Like a Kid in a Candy Store – Inside The Artist Studios of Dianne Gall and Jim Thalassoudis

We were lucky enough to be invited inside the artist studios of art power couple, Jim Thalassoudis and Dianne Gall in Bowden, South Australia recently. The pair originally met at the South Australian School of Art in the 1980s and have been painting together ever since.

Dianne paints in the style of contemporary realism, with her works evoking the memory and emotion of past Hollywood glamour and sense of the unknown. Each painting captures a moment in time, anticipating events about to unfold. Dianne is represented by Brenda May Gallery and currently has a number of works for sale on artFido which you can see HERE.

Jim’s also paints in the style contemporary realism, with his paintings coming from an intense observation of the sky and sensitivity to tiny changes in hues and colours of the atmosphere. His works will make you look above the daily grind, traffic noise and loud neon shop fittings, to where the sunset glistens against gilded Victorian domes of town halls and train stations. Jim is represented by Charles Nodrum Gallery and also has a number of works currently for sale on artFido which you can see HERE.

While we were in the studio, we were struck by how neat and tidy team DiJim were.  Upon entry into Jim’s studio, we were greeted by an immaculately clean painting bench with piles of oil paint arranged neatly in rows (one of Jim’s current projects is to turn these colourful oil piles into “Fallen Cloud” sculptures!), and upturned paint brushes placed neatly in glass jars. Dianne is not to be outdone in the neatness stakes, with her studio containing mannequins dressed in stunning 1940’s dresses, beautiful paintings strategically placed along the walls, and her latest portrait waiting patiently to be completed.

We hope you enjoy the images of Jim and Dianne’s studio as much as we enjoyed visiting it… like a kid in a candy store!


Images of Jim’s studio:

Close up of Jim’s oil paint in sculptural piles.

Jim’s collection of odd objects and “Fallen Cloud” oil sculptures in the making.

Jim Thalassoudis: “Robe Obelisk at Dusk” 2013, oil on linen, 61 x 71 cm.

Jim’s oil paints and brushes.

Jim’s collection of odd stuff: a Gary Baseman painting, Mark Ryden and Gary Baseman toys in domes, Stephen Magsig small oil painting, vintage money box.

Jim’s painting desk with some cloud reference photographs and a freshly stretched canvas waiting to be painted.


Images of Dianne’s studio:

Dianne’s studio #1. On the easel: Dianne Gall, “The Surgeon” 2013, oil on linen, 122cm x 112cm.

Dianne’s studio #2.
On the large easel: Dianne Gall, “The Surgeon” 2013, oil on linen, 122cm x 112cm.
Small painting on easel: Dianne Gall, “Sweetie Pie Kewpie Pie” 2013, oil on panel, 14.6cm x 14.6cm.


Images of the rest of Gallery DiJim:

Outside the art studio of Dianne Gall and Jim Thalassoudis in North Adelaide.


Jim and Dianne’s office.

More neatness… Office bookshelf containing lots of art books… We didn’t check but we bet it’s in alphabetical order!

Left side wall: Jim Thalassoudis “Moonlit Blossom” 2012, C-Type Photo, 40cm x 40cm.
Sculpture on table: Jim Thalassoudis “Fallen Cloud” 2013, oil paint, variable dimensions.
Right side wall: Jim Thalassoudis “Little Audrey, The Skipping Girl” 2012, oil on linen, 91.5cm x 106.5cm.

Dianne Gall “Pensive” 2013, oil on linen, 61cm x 63cm.

Left wall: Jim Thalassoudis “Love Art 2″ 2010, oil on linen, 122cm x 167cm.
Right wall: Jim Thalassoudis “Motel” 2010, oil on linen, 40.4cm x 40.5cm.

Left wall: Dianne Gall “Shelter” 2012, oil on linen, 45.5cm x 61cm.
Middle wall: Dianne Gall “Pensive” 2013, oil on linen, 61cm x 63cm.
Right wall: Jim Thalassoudis “Untitled Cloudscape” 2013, oil on linen, 137cm x 137cm.

Jim Thalassoudis “One Perfect Day” oil on linen, 17.8cm x 17.8cm in a handmade frame with a black clay finish
(the couch and cushion are used in Dianne’s work “Pensive” above!)

Sculpture on plinth: Jim Thalassoudis “Fallen Cloud” 2013, oil paint, variable dimensions.
Painting on middle wall: Jim Thalassoudis “Untitled Cloudscape” 2013, oil on linen, 45.5cm x 213cm.
Painting on right wall: Jim Thalassoudis “Untitled Cloudscape” 2013, oil on linen, 137cm x 137cm.

Jim’s palette…. mixing lead white to make greys.

One more shot of Jim’s sculptural piles of oil paint!

People that paint together, stay together! Jim Thalassoudis and Dianne Gall.

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  1. Hi Jack & Val
    Lovely to hear from you both! I didn’t know where you had moved to, so living in Mildura would be why I haven’t seen either of you!
    Yes, we are surviving, hard work pays off!
    Thanks for the message and take care :)
    Dianne (and Jim)

  2. Hi Jim & DIanne,our daughter Kelli sent us info on your latest creation,we have been
    living in Mildura for 3 years now,really good to see that you are both survivors in
    the art game and producing such excellent work.
    Good luck to you both regards Jack & Val Discombe.

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