Stuart Diamond is an American painter best known for painted wood assemblages. He has shown internationally and in the US has had 10 solo shows with the venerable McKee Gallery. His work is held in museum collections including MoMA, NY, and MoCA, Chicago. He says that his stay at MacDowell gave him the opportunity to bring new elements into his paintings that he had previously hesitated to use. His work feeds off the disturbing political climate of the present, using the chaos and behavior of our president, "portraying the madness of now" with this piece. He continued to explain that he had been feeling vulnerable about the new works until inviting more than 30 Fellows to his studio and witnessing the intense, focused looks and comments (continuing for more than an hour), which confirmed his trust in the value of what emerged during his brief stay.
As of his time at MacDowell, Diamond planned to have an exhibition dealing with similar subject matter at the Lesley Heller Gallery in New York in June of 2019. From 2015 to 2016 he had an exhibition titled “PLIGHT” at the SKOTO Gallery in NYC, and in June and July 2017 had an exhibition called “Trunks and Tales” shown at the Bannister Gallery in Providence, RI.