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I live and work inside my small downtown art studio in the hood. I have won and I have lost. I have succeeded and I have failed. I have been sad and I have been happy. I am real and live in the real world. I have faith and I know why. I don’t have a trust fund, government funding or any gold spoons. I live a need life instead of a want, want, want life. I am not a Democrat, Republican or Independent. I am an American artist, but not an American idiot …

Donald Edward Perry Art was born in Zebulon, North Carolina in 1969. The son of farming families, with a textile / interior designer mother and athletic father, he always had a strong interest in art, design, nature and sports. Donald began playing organized sports at the age of six and began group art classes at the age of seven including drawing and oil painting. He attributes those art classes to learning the basic art skills of a fine artist and attributes sports training as the key to his artistic work ethics. Donald continued to focus on the fundamentals of fine art throughout his formative years, while playing baseball and football. Upon the completion of high school, he went on to play college baseball and study fine art, graphic design, photography, illustration and creative writing. Donald earned his Bachelor of Science in Visual Communications from Mount Olive University.

After completing his degree, Donald would go on to become an award-winning Creative Director, while creating his art in the background. Donald built a solid history of directing and organizing revenue-generating projects from conception through launch. He began his journey at Glaxo as an intern, which lead him to be a Graphic Designer for a Flexo Printing & Packaging Company based out of New York. Donald also worked for a Travel Agency, Record Label and Real Estate Company during this time period. After these first career experiences, he moved on to work for an Off Printing Company in Wilmington, NC before entering into the Publishing and Advertising Industry at Carteret Publishing, Knight-Ridder and McClatchy. These experiences and others are what led him into creating his own Advertising Agency before deciding to focus on his art career in 2009.

Once Donald decided to focus on his art career, his life began to change immediately. The paintings and drawings Donald hangs and posts online are only part of the narrative. As an artist, he works hard to develop art releasing the truth inside a toxic world of lies which transforms reality in order to give his paintings a voice. Donald developed his techniques specifically to capture and emphasize the flowing creativity inside a non-traditional approach to composition. The evolution of his art is created by analyzing and observing life, death, positives, negatives and balance. He makes every attempt to speak to himself and others about the truth inside every piece of art he creates. As you will see, it’s not a beautiful still life or landscape, “it’s his truth” and what has turned into a portal of reflections of life in these times of chaos and change. His influences are so vast he said, “life is the only influence you really need”. Donald also said, “it took 20 years of fighting all the institutional instructions of following the same old processes to become the artist I am today”.

Donald published 14 issues of a creative lifestyle print and online magazine between 2012-2015 . He also published a 204 page black and white perfect bound printed photo book. A collection of three years on the road with featuring modern art, music, style and other original works. Donald launched this project to explore unique artistic creations that push the boundaries of the establishment in order to evoke debate in the art world and promote art that questions the mind, while helping the viewer to identify with the lifestyle and artist within.

In 2015, Donald published an art book of 300+ drawings with writing. “The Positives Inside Negative Expression” was featured on Amazon and Barnes & Noble in 2015. For the past 5 years, he has been focused on creating new artwork and making sure to be true to himself, his art and our history. Beginning in late 2020, Donald will be launching, which will host online art shows because of the changes in the art market and future of art. For upcoming events, Donald will be showing online and gallery shows, charity events and new exhibitions to be announced in the near future. At this time, everything depends on Covid-19. Donald currently lives and works in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, but really lives somewhere else inside his mind… If you would like more details about all of the above, please contact Donald by email at: Photo by Scott Smallin.

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