Portfolio > Donald Cronkhite

Ethereal Azure
Oil on linen
54.5"x75.5" framed
Unhurried, Uncertain
Oil on linen
31"x43.5" framed
Gray Series No. 29
Oil on linen
46.5" x 54.5" framed
Gray Series No. 15
Oil on linen
17" x 39" framed
Gray Series No. 19
Oil on linen
17"x25" framed
Gray Series No. 13
Oil on linen
22" x 29"
2005
Gray Series No. 27
Oil on linen
42.5" x 74.5" framed
Gray Series No. 28
Oil on linen
14" x 16" framed
Amber Series No. 7
Oil on linen
46.5" x 54.5" framed
Gray Series No. 16
Oil on linen
20" x 46"
2006
Amber Series No. 4
Oil on linen
66.5" x 46.5"
2007
Gray Series No. 20
Oil on linen
66.5" x 46.5"
2007
Amber Series No. 1
Oil on linen
46.5" x 63.5
2007
Amber Series No. 5
Oil on linen
46.5" x 66.5"
2008
Gray Series No. 23
Oil on linen
42.5" x 78.5"
2008
Grandeur
Oil on linen
28.5" x 93.5"
2009
Grandeur
Oil on linen
13.5" x 34.5"
2008
Gray Series No. 26
Oil on linen
46.5" x 165.5"
2010

Artist Statement

The Romantics sought to seize each moment and explode it to its epic potential. In the same way I have tried to use my painting to capture cloudscapes when they've reached their peak volume--the immediate prelude to the violence and release of storms, with all the emotion that lies therein. At the same time, I have tried to convey that sense of tension and expectation using colors, contrasts, and forms associated with realism and at a size and scale that brings the viewer into the storm, looking at it so closely that it becomes abstract and Expressionistic, directing the eyes to the exaggerated shapes and vibrant, saturated hues. In fact, the larger-than-life size of the paintings is a vital element of my purpose, which is to fill viewers' peripheral vision and envelop them in the movement and kinetic energy of a storm. The effect is both Romantic and hyper-realistic, ephemeral and concrete.

EDUCATION
Wayne State University, BFA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2019 - Gross Pointe Artist Association, "Ominous Skies, a cloud study," Grosse
Pointe, MI.
2018 - Henry Ford College, Sisson Gallery, "Chasing the Light," Dearborn, MI.
2016 - Level One Bank Community Art Gallery, "Cloudscapes; Exploring the
Dramatic," Ferndale, MI.
2012 - Gruen Galleries, "Clouds: Oils on Linen," Chicago, IL.
2011 - Biddle Gallery, "Before the Storm," Wyandotte, MI.
2007 - Gruen Galleries, "A Series of Studies," Chicago, IL.
2003 - Biddle Gallery, "Recent Work," Wyandotte, MI.

TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2016 - Detroit Athletic Club (DAC), "Cloudscapes: Shirley Parish & Donald
Cronkhite," Detroit, MI.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019 - Henry Ford College, "Landscape Through Michigan Eyes," Dearborn, MI.
Curator: Donald Cronkhite
2019 - Muskegon Museum of Art, "91th Annual Regional All-Michigan Exhibition,"
Muskegon, MI.
2019 - Gross Pointe Artist Association, "Summertime Pleasures," Grosse Pointe, MI.
2019 - Mercedes Benz Research & Development NA, "Experiencing Perspectives in
Art," Ferndale, MI.
2019 - Gross Pointe Artist Association, "Our Rivers, Our Lakes," Grosse Pointe, MI.
2019 - Birmingham-Bloomfield Hills Art Center, "Michigan Fine Arts Competition,"
Birmingham, MI.
2019 - Scarab Club, “Gilda Snowden Memorial Exhibition,” Detroit, MI.
2019 - Northville Art House, “Annual Members Exhibition,” Northville, MI.
2018 - Midland Center for the Arts, "57th Greater Michigan Art Exhibition," Midland,
MI.
2018 - Black Box Gallery, "Crossing Perspective," Dearborn, MI.
2018 - Detroit Artists Market, "Art for the Holidays, 2018 Exhibition," Detroit, MI.
2018 - Midland Center for the Arts, "ArtPrize--The Michigan Connection," Midland, MI.
2018 - Scarab Club, "Plein Air Challenge," Detroit, MI.
2018 - Anton Art Center, "Motherhood," Macomb, MI.
2018 - Birmingham-Bloomfield Hills Art Center, "Michigan Fine Arts Competition,"
Birmingham, MI.
2018 - Detroit Artists Market, "Biennial All-Media Exhibition," Detroit, MI.
2018 - The ArtPrize Hub, "Collectors Show Biannual Fine Arts Exhibition," Grand
Rapids, MI.
2018 - Northville Art House, "Annual Members Exhibition," Northville, MI.
2018 - Anton Art Center, "Michigan Annual 45th Art Competition & Exhibition,"
Macomb, MI.
2017 - Crooked Tree Arts Center, "Juried Fine Arts Exhibition," Petoskey, MI.
2017 - Scarab Club, "104th Gold Medal Exhibition," Detroit, MI.
2017 - Muskegon Museum of Art, "89th Annual Regional All-Michigan Exhibition,"
Muskegon, MI.
2017 - Midland Center for the Arts, "56th Annual Greater Michigan Arts Exhibition,"
Midland, MI.
2017 - Women’s City Club, "ArtPrize: International Art Competition," Grand Rapids,
MI.
2017 - The Venue Tower, "Collectors Show Biannual Fine Arts Exhibition," Grand
Rapids, MI.
2017 - Scarab Club, "Plein Air Challenge," Detroit, MI.
2017 - Birmingham-Bloomfield Hills Art Center, "Michigan Fine Arts Competition,"
Birmingham, MI.
2017 - Ann Arbor Arts Center, "REMIX: Statewide Art Competition," Ann Arbor, MI.
2017 - Hatch Art, "Hatch Back 11 Annual Exhibition," Hamtramck, MI.
2017 - Downriver Council for the Arts, "Secret Handshake: Wayne State University
Collective," Wyandotte, MI.
2017 - Mercedes Benz Research & Development NA, "Experiencing Perspectives in
Art," Ferndale, MI.
2017 - Scarab Club, "Silver Medal Exhibition," Detroit, MI.
2016 - Scarab Club, "103rd Gold Medal Exhibition," Detroit, MI.
2016 - DeVos Place Convention Center, "ArtPrize International Art Competition,"
Grand Rapids, MI.
2016 - Muskegon Museum of Art, "88th Annual Regional All-Michigan Exhibition,"
Muskegon, MI.
2013 - Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, "ArtPrize International Art Competition," Grand
Rapids, MI.
2012 - Gruen Galleries, "Group Exhibition, Gallery Artists," Chicago, IL.
2010 - Lafontsee Galleries, "ArtPrize International Art Competition," Grand Rapids,
MI.
2009 - Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, "Salon International," San Antonio, TX.
2009 - Gruen Galleries, "Group Exhibition, Gallery Artists," Chicago, IL.
2007 - Gruen Galleries, "Group Exhibition, Gallery Artists," Chicago, IL.
2006 - Montserrat Gallery, "Salon Exhibition," New York, NY.
2005 - Gruen Galleries, "Group Exhibition, Gallery Artists," Chicago, IL.

PUBLIC ART COLLECTIONS
"Gray Series No.16." University of Michigan. Dearborn, MI. 2019.
"Gloaming." Wayne State University. Detroit, MI. 2019.
"Grandeur." Henry Ford College. Dearborn, MI. 2018.
"Gray Series No.19.” Art House. Detroit, MI. 2016.

GALLERY REPRESENTATION
2005-2019 - Gruen Galleries, Chicago, IL.

CONSIGNMENT
2007-2008 - David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI.

PUBLICATIONS
Grosse Pointe Magazine, “Artist Donald Cronkhite invites you to do some skywatching” Sept – Oct, 2019
Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Inc., "Local Perspectives,"
Global Reach 2019-2020 Art Exhibition Annual, 2019.
Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Inc., "Local Perspectives,"
Global Reach 2017-2018 Art Exhibition Annual, 2017.
Scarab Club, Art Annual, 2016 and 2017.
Montserrat Gallery, ArtNews Magazine, 2007.
Gruen Galleries, Chicago Gallery News, 2007.

AWARDS / SCHOLARSHIP
Grosse Pointe Artist Association, "Summertime Pleasures," 2nd Place, 2019.
Grosse Pointe Artist Association, "Our Rivers, Our Lakes," Best of Show, 2019.
Scarab Club, "103rd Gold Medal Exhibition," Honorable Mention, 2016.
Henry Ford Community College, Mary Ellen Heth Award, Half-Tuition Scholarship, European Tour Scholarship, 1991.