I was raised in a small country town in North Carolina. Both of my parents’ families were farmers. I have a strong southern accent. I have been called Don Perry, Donald Perry, Jamal Sumbhadi and more. My parents divorced when I was three. I began to take art classes and played contact sports at an early age. I graduated from high school and college and working on life at the moment. I worked for small and large corporations around the world. I have high class friends, low class friends, middle class friends, rich friends, poor friends, lazy friends, soft friends, strong friends and all types of friends. I live and work inside my downtown art studio in the hood. I live a need lifestyle instead of a want, want, want life. I have won and I have lost. I have succeeded and I have failed. I have been sad and I have been happy. I have been in pain and I have felt like superman. I am real and live in the real world. I talk street and I talk business. I have faith and I know why. I never married or had children. I am not a Democrat, Republican or Independent. I am an American, but not an American idiot. I don’t have a trust fund or a gold spoon collection. I don’t play games, only art…
Donald E. Perry Art was born in Zebulon, North Carolina in 1969. The son of farming families, with a textile / interior designer mother and athlete 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. His influences are so vast he said, “life is the only influence you really need”.
Donald published 14 issues of 3DotMag.com 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 3DotMag.com 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 created while on the road talking to other established and emerging artists. “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 his art and our history. Beginning in late 2020, Donald will be launching theartcut.com, which will host online art shows because of the changes in the art market and future of art. For upcoming exhibitions, Donald will be showing at local art gallery shows, charity events and new exhibitions to be announced in the near future. If you would like to discuss purchasing original artwork, commission work or creative direction, contact Donald by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org