Donald James Waters is an established, Australian artist with an illustrious career spanning well over three decades. While best described as a contemporary artist, Donald’s artwork transcends many genres to create a truly unique yet ever evolving and eclectic style.
For Don, art is a predetermined path he has been unable to deviate from. “At the early age of three my potential as an artist came to the fore. I would sit on the lounge room floor painting and drawing with anything I could lay my hands on… boot polish, nail polish, lipstick… anything that had colour and could be used as paint!”
Donald is a man who is passionate about his art. He sees it as an adventure that must be experienced not only by the artist, but also by the viewer. When speaking with him you can’t help but be engulfed by his presence, he sees the world from a spiritual, naive and beautiful perspective. Listening to Don you are plunged into a vibrant and colourful world which he recreates onto canvas. To Don art must always remain a journey; he assimilates this to the emotion of driving into a new land and looking down into a valley he has never been before.
Don has relaxed the confines of his initial beginnings in botanical art by using stylised strokes, overemphasised characters and bold blocks of colour to shift his primary focus to that of a storyteller rather than a technically correct traditional artist. As taught by his mentor and teacher, Francis Lymburner – famous Australian Artist, movement can be derived from just a few strokes; infinite detail is not required to catch the eye.
Donald’s career has taken his art to every corner of the globe and his distinctive style has made its way into the catalogues of many private and corporate collectors alike, including that of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s art collection.
During 2013 Don was commissioned to do two major commissions – one for the Gold Coast City Council which stands proud in the Upper Coomera Council chambers at 3m x 2m, the other, after becoming the official artist for the 150 Years of Policing in Queensland, will be hung in Police Headquarters, Roma Street, Brisbane, surpassing the last commission being three panels totalling 3.2m x 7m
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