21 June 2020
Photo: Don now has Artwork on display in Coastline's Art Hub, located within the Community Hub at 26 Smith Street, Kempsey.
We'd like to welcome Don Gentle to our Art Hub. This new initiative is 100% free of charge, with all proceeds returned directly to the artist. Find out more here: https://www.coastline.com.au/community/art-hub/
Don Gentle grew up in Rural and regional NSW, and moved to Taree in 2004 after living in Armidale for over quarter of a century.
He remembers being deeply interested in the paintings in the Encyclopedia when he was a young child but there was effectively no art education in rural Australia in the 1960/70s so drifted away from it.
Originally a “moderately good” poet but just as he started to get a career moving he suffered a multi-year case of writers block. Many years later (in his mid thirties), he began modeling for an art class when he realized he really wanted to give it a go.
Don now has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Eng Lit and Associate Diploma in Fine Arts.
“I have been a practicing artist since 1995. Originally concentrating on portraiture and figurative work, the last decade has seen an increasing interest in still life. I work mostly in oils on wooden substrate and grounds of shellac and occasional gesso. There is no intention to hide process which includes visible construction lines and charcoal underdrawing.”
Dons Art can also be viewed on this short video