About

ARTIST STATEMENT
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 intended 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.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY
Donald Cronkhite spent several summers studying paintings in European museums and used these as inspiration as he began his own painting career. 2017 marks over a thirteen years of creating his series of 45 large-scale cloudscape 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 storm. Cronkhite holds a BFA from Wayne State University and is represented by a gallery in Chicago.

ARTIST RESUME

EDUCATION
B.F.A. Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016: Level One Bank Community Art Gallery, Ferndale, MI
Cloudscapes; Exploring the Dramatic: June 4 – July 18

2012: Gruen Galleries, Chicago, IL
Clouds; Oils on Linen: January 6 – February 24

2011: Biddle Gallery, Wyandotte, MI
Before the Storm: September 30 – November 30

2007: Gruen Galleries, Chicago, IL
A Series of Studies: December 7 – January 4

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017: Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI
Muskegon Museum of Art 89th Annual Regional All – Michigan Exhibition: September 28 – November 8 / Juror- Petra Fallaux

2017: Women’s City Club, Grand Rapids, MI
ArtPrize: International Art Competition: September 20 – October 8

2017: Birmingham Bloomfield Hills Art Center, Birmingham, MI
Michigan Fine Arts Competition: June 23 – August 25 / Juror- Noel W. Anderson

2017: Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI
REMIX: June 8 – July 22 / Statewide Art Competition / Juror- Andrew Rosinski

2017: Women’s City Club, Grand Rapids, MI
ArtPrize: September 20 – October 8 / International Art Competition

2017: Hatch Art, Hamtramck, MI
Hatch Back 11 Annual Exhibition: April 1 – April 29 / Juror- Treena Flannery Ericson

2017: Down River Council for the Arts, Wyandotte, MI
Secret Handshake: Wayne State University Collective
Curated Invitational: March 31 – April 13

2017: Mercedes Benz Research & Development NA, Ferndale, MI
Experiencing Perspectives Art Exhibition: March 2017 – April 2018

2017: Scarab Club, Detroit, MI
Silver Medal Exhibition: February 22 – April 1 /  Juror- Jo Powers

2016: Scarab Club, Detroit, MI
103rd Gold Medal Exhibition: November 23 – December 30
Juror- Elizabeth Youngblood / Received an Honorable Mention

2016: DeVos Place Convention Center, Grand Rapids, MI
ArtPrize: International Art Competition: September 21 – October 9

2016: Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI
Muskegon Museum of Art 88th Annual Regional All – Michigan Exhibition: May 12 – August 3 / Juror- Tom Lundberg

2016: Detroit Athletic Club (DAC), Detroit, MI
Cloudscapes; Two Person Show: January 15 – April 1

2013: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, MI
ArtPrize: International Art Competition

2012: Gruen Galleries, Chicago, IL
Group Exhibition: Gallery Artists

2010: LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI
ArtPrize: International Art Competition

2009: Gruen Galleries, Chicago, IL
Group Exhibition: Gallery Artists

2009: Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX
Salon International: April 10 – May 1 / Juror- Daniel Green

2007: Gruen Galleries, Chicago, IL
Group Exhibition: Landscape

2006: Montserrat Gallery, New York, NY
Salon Exhibition: January – December

2005: Gruen Galleries, Chicago, IL
Group Exhibition: Landscape

CONSIGNMENT
2007: David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI
November 3, 2007 – March 3, 2008

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