Don Stinson

Don Stinson is known for painting vistas that explore the physical and cultural landscapes of the west. Late Twentieth Century practices of cultural geography, land-use planning and topographic photography shape his work. Stinson is drawn to the emerging forms of 21st century energy and communication industries such as wind turbines and cell towers as well as the modern ruins of abandoned gas station canopies and drive-in theatre screens. His work does not present a romantic vision of untouched wilderness areas or simply put forward evidence of our environmental destruction in the context of a once sublime natural environment. Rather, the power of nature in Stinson's work resides in the slow steady erosion of a steel post, the influx of grasses over taking gravel parking areas or even the pink tinged water of the Great Salt Lake lapping away at the edges of Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty. He strives to paint with eloquence and occasional grace a clear-eyed view of what we make of the landscape and what the landscape eventually makes of us.

Don Stinson is an acclaimed artist with works in numerous public and private collections, including the Denver Art Museum, The Phoenix Art Museum, and the Art in Embassies Program in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, among others. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Colorado Council on the Arts Director's Grant, and the Best of Show at the Coors Art Exhibit at the National Western Stock Show, among others. His work has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions, with prominent showings at the Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, Wyoming, the Coors Western Art Exhibit, Denver, Colorado, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, Colorado and Artist Space, New York. Stinson received a BFA in 1978 from the Colorado State University and an MFA in 1982 from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Tufts University. Stinson was born in Amarillo, Texas, and he currently lives and works in Evergreen, Colorado.

  • Don Stinson Cloud Masters Don Stinson
    Cloud Masters
  • Don Stinson On the Map: Viewing Stations Sun Tunnels, December 2003 AM Don Stinson
    On the Map: Viewing…
  • Don Stinson The Road to Valentine Don Stinson
    The Road to Valentine
  • Don Stinson Big Bend: No Simple Wilderness Don Stinson
    Big Bend: No Simple…
  • Don Stinson Questions Raised by a Foaming Sea and the Long Swim South from Rozel Point Don Stinson
    Questions Raised by a…
  • Don Stinson Surfacing: Reversal of Ruins Spiral Jetty, February, 2003 PM Don Stinson
    Surfacing: Reversal of Ruins…
  • Don Stinson An Illegal Fire in Zion Don Stinson
    An Illegal Fire in…
  • Don Stinson The Rescue: Ouray Ice Fall Don Stinson
    The Rescue: Ouray Ice…
  • Don Stinson The Spud Redux Don Stinson
    The Spud Redux
  • Don Stinson Early Winter Morning: Genesee Park Don Stinson
    Early Winter Morning: Genesee…