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Artwork on Display: Fabric Art by DonCee


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About the Artist:

When you think of the composition of a piece of art, you may expect it to be made with paint or out of clay. You do not expect it to be comprised of outdoor grill covers or scraps of denim and leather. However, that is exactly what you would see when viewing a piece from Columbus based artist Don ‘DonCee’ Coulter. The brilliance behind the work is that Coulter creates his paintings by using everyday items not traditionally associated with ‘painting.’ Using objects such as denim jeans, leather jackets, and aluminum pans, Don 'DonCee' Coulter manipulates common materials to create lush landscapes and to capture the environment of the Jazz movement. DonCee's environmentally friendly pieces illustrate creative reuse of materials while also touching on past cultural movements. The artist carefully manipulates each material to reflect the nature of its subject matter.

Don 'DonCee' Coulter is an American artist born in Columbus, Ohio. He discovered his love for art at an early age, a talent inherited from his grandfather, father & uncle. As he grew up, hip-hop became a big influence in his life & pop culture. DonCee found his niche in the movement by designing clothes for break-dancers & hip-hop artists. With his newfound talents, Coulter later decided to take a fashion design course while attending college – which furthered his interest in working with fabrics and designing clothes. After college, he began working as an illustrator for various companies & publications. He soon formed his own company '1201 Art Designs' and later joined Purpose Magazine as an illustrator & cartoonist. In 2001, he decided to pursue his passion and began working primarily with fabrics. DonCee's works vary from the tranquil forest meadows to an urban crawl buzzing with life, to jazz musician pulling a long note. Every piece of the artist's collection poses tiny details of the individual world bringing them to life and features his trademark eagle. According to the artist, a lot of time goes into planning each piece. All of his works are imaginary, idealistic and fictional.

Artist Statement:

My artwork has a unique look that is constantly revolving. Some have described it as having a three-dimensional / High Definition effect due to the incredible attention to detail. Texture plays a major role in the overall appeal of each piece. Leather & suede has been my fabric of choice as their texture translates well in my pieces. My only apparatus is the xacto knife. It allows me to make precise cuts and gain control over rugged fabrics such as denim.
As you view my work, you will get some sense of perspective through my eyes. I break down my subjects in different planes before considering color or texture. The dominance of warm colors reflects the over mood of my pieces. My goal is to give off a vibe of tranquility.

Artwork displays the past year have included:

* Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Exhibit - Richard M Ross Art Museum - Delaware, OH 43015 Jan 22nd - March 31, 2019

* 2019 King Art Complex Gala
Fundraiser, Hilton Convention Hotel –
May 18th, 2019 Columbus, OH

* ‘Odds & Ends ‘– Ann Arbor Art Center
– May 10th – June 1st, 2019 Ann Arbor, MI

* ‘Clotheshorse ‘exhibit – Indianapolis
Art Center – June 21- August 7th, 2019,
Indianapolis, IN

* ‘America Is…ʼ exhibit – Touchstone
Gallery – August 2nd – 29th, 2019 -
Washington DC

* ‘Real People 2019ʼ – The Old Court House Art Center –
Aug 21st – Sept 28th, 2019 – Woodstock, IL

* Autumn Rush Vineyard & Winery –
Jazz & Art Solo Exhibition 2019ʼ –
September 2019 Johnstown, OH

Earlier Event: August 31
Food Truck Saturday
Later Event: September 7
Music: Just Jazz Live (duo)