Cloudscapes: Exploring the Dynamic Art Opening June 10 in Ferndale

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CloudScapes: Exploring the Dramatic

by Donald Cronkhite
June 4th – July 18th 2016
Opening Reception:
Friday, June 10th from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Level One Bank Community Art Gallery
22635 Woodward Ave. Downtown Ferndale, MI 48220
Experience this stunning exhibit and meet the artist!
Light refreshments & appetizers provided.

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Mainly influenced by the turbulent skies found in 17th century Dutch landscape painting and mid to late 19th century French avant-garde painting, I found myself irresistibly drawn to my main subject when I realized that something so familiar could present me with so many creative opportunities and challenges. Primarily focusing on the sky in the moments just prior to a storm, when the cloud formations are at their peak volume, affords me the opportunity to explore color, contrast, and form simultaneously. As a painter, I’m interested in capturing both the representative and non-representative aspects of this subject in my work. Color, contrast, and form are inseparable in communicating my emotional experience to the viewer in sort of an “enhanced reality.” The variations in abstract forms and vibrant, saturated hues help convey a sense of realism and imagination blended together in my painting. The scale of these canvases, filling one’s peripheral vision, are Chazzano03intended to envelop the viewer with a sense of movement and kinetic energy, especially with my larger-than-human scale paintings.I consider scale to be of vital importance in my work, as it speaks almost as much about the subject as the paint.

Donald Cronkhite spent several summers studying paintings in European museums and used these as inspiration as he began his own painting career. 2016 marks over a decade of creating his series of storm cloud paintings. Early on, he focused on storm-swept landscapes, using fluid and rough oil painting techniques. Later he progressed to large-scale canvases that focused specifically on storm clouds themselves, capturing the moment just before a m1_two tonestorm. Cronkhite holds a BFA from Wayne State University and is represented by a gallery in Chicago.


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