My paintings are a celebration of life a synthesis of energy, emotion and colour using the theme of landscape, trees and the natural world.
Born Bulwayo Zimbabwe 1961
BA Hons Fine Art Dundee 1983
Practicing artist London 1984-1995
Numerous exhibitions group and solo across this period.
1996 to date. Art and Design teacher in Schools Glasgow.
2020 and the beginning of lockdown marked for me what has turned out to be one the most creative periods of my life.
Maybe life in lockdown provided the time and space for the creative seed to nurture and blossom. Whatever the cause 2020 marked my return to being an active artist and it feels great!
The last 4 years of my life have been marked with some considerable drama. (Covid and lockdown aside). Summer of 2017 I took seriously ill. A double whammy of necrotizing fasciitis and cancer. Consequent operations resulted in the loss of my right arm and shoulder girdle but the gift of my life.
Massive gratitude to our amazing NHS and the kindness of others. A year later I was back to work.
To still be alive at all is amazing, to be reinventing myself as an artist at the age of 59 with bits of my body missing feels pretty special.
So it is with this zeal for life that these painting are made. They are not only a celebration of life but also of being alive.
Centre de Arts Geneva SOLO Exhibition.
Date to be confirmed.
Derfner Judacaica Museum New York.
‘F11 Digital Paintings for Full Screen’.
NOW OPEN AND LIVE: CATALOGUE OF SELECTED WORK
I am delighted to have had these three paintings selected…
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Derfner Judacaica Museum press release:
Donald Hargrove’s lush landscapes are rendered with painterly strokes, textures and subtle color gradations. Working from photographs, sketches executed both digitally and on paper, pure imagination or en plein air, Hargrove approaches digital art the same way as traditional painting, describing it as working with “pixels rather than paint.” He began exploring the medium for the first time during the pandemic after a long period of inactivity, describing working in a digital format as “reviving my own creativity but also my identity as an artist.”
All enquires to: Donald Hargrove.