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Donald Beal – Emerging Artists

Donald Beal – Emerging Artists – Brief Article

Artist Donald Beal moved to the small town of Provincetown, Mass., about 20 years ago, drawn to the landscape and unique light found at the tip of Cape Cod. During the last decade, he has created a series of large-scale oil paintings focusing on Beach Forest, which is set in a valley of sand dunes made nearly invisible by a surrounding thicket of trees.

While Beal’s lush paintings are fed by what he sees in nature and include representational elements–dogs, rabbits, human figures and forested or stormy landscapes, Beal said, “I am not trying to describe or locate a specific space. I want to create a vehicle for something larger. More and more I obey my instincts and try not to have an idea when making them, but let [the paintings] explain themselves to me.”

A member of the Fine Arts faculty at the University of Massachusetts, Beal has exhibited his work at a number of galleries, including Cherry Stone Gallery of Wellfleet, Mass., and Prince Street Gallery and Maurice Arlos Fine Arts, both of New York. He received his M.F.A. in painting from Parsons School of Design.

Beal can be reached at (508) 487-2789.

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