Contemporary painter Daniel Costonâ€™s ARKANSAS: FROM THE TOPS TO THE BOTTOMS opens May 12th at Cantrell Gallery in Little Rock, Arkansas, and continues through July 1, 2017. The opening night reception for the exhibition will be on Friday, May 12, 6-8:00. Please join us! It will be a great opportunity to visit with the artist while viewing his works. If you canâ€™t make it that evening, the show will continue through July 1. Cantrell Gallery is located at 8208 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, AR. Gallery hours are Monday â€“ Saturday, 10-5:00. Call (501) 224-1335 for questions or directions. See the full exhibit here! Artist Statement, Arkansas: From the Tops to the Bottoms â€œEvery year as I work on a new collection of paintings, I try to visually depict my home state – a personal and visual â€œstate of the stateâ€, if you will. In years past, Iâ€™ve seen the paintings as representing a horizontal trip around Arkansas, as I search for striking scenes. Iâ€™ve been making the trip from the hilltops of Northwest Arkansas to the Delta flatlands and back again for nearly three decades and the landscape continues to inspire me. Recently I have grown more aware of the […]
Contemporary painter Daniel Coston’s BEYOND THE PHOTOGRAPHS will open March 11 at Cantrell Gallery in Little Rock, Arkansas, and will continue through May 7th, 2016.Â The opening night reception for BEYOND THE PHOTOGRAPHS will be on Friday, March 11, 6-8:00. Please join us! It will be a great opportunity to visit with the artist while viewing his works. If you canâ€™t make it that evening, the show will continue through May 7. Cantrell Gallery is located at 8206 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, AR. Gallery hours are Monday â€“ Saturday, 10-5:00.Â Call (501) 224-1335 for questions or directions. Artist Statement, BEYOND THE PHOTOGRAPHS â€œEvery year I take a lot of reference snapshots of Arkansas that I add to an ever-growing archive.Â Many of the images are useless but a few remind me of things I saw as a kid in Southeastern Arkansas.Â Some even seem iconic to me, expressing something about the geography we call home. So I work on these pictures…drawing the scenes until I think I can do something worthwhile.Â These photos evoke memories in me.Â I want to bring these memories back.Â At times, the memories could be about the sunlight on a particular day…the sky in […]
Daniel Coston’s “Arkansas, As Is” opened March 20th at Cantrell Gallery in Little Rock, Arkansas, and will continue through May 9th, 2015.Â Cantrell Gallery is located at 8206 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, AR. Gallery hours are Monday â€“ Saturday, 10-5:00.Â Call (501) 224-1335 for questions or directions. You can view the entire show here. Artist Statement â€œThis group of paintings primarily depicts the rural Arkansas landscape…as it is.Â These are places that you can see driving about the state but the majority are from southeast Arkansas. I never try to represent the rural scenery with a â€œhalo.â€Â Always painting scenes with bright, golden sunshine glimmering off old home places wouldnâ€™t seem true to me. Portraying a variety of structures with a range of seasons, weather, and conditions seems more appropriate and true to how life really is.Â And whatever I come upon and see is fair game for my paintings. I enjoy painting fields, graveyards, historic churches, rusting vehicles, stores, cotton gins and a myriad other things with equal interest. Sometimes I paint a scene â€œthe way it wasâ€ but mostly, Iâ€™m showing how things are in the present. Satisfaction for me comes from including enough visual facts and clues […]
Over the years, Daniel has painted many of the wonderful and historic churches dotted throughout the southern part of Arkansas. We’ve collected some of those into a slideshow video for you to enjoy! The vast majority of the paintings in the video sold years ago but, if you’d like to see some of his recent work, call or visit Cantrell Gallery in Little Rock. You can also keep up with his work by “liking” his Facebook page: Daniel Coston Art Studio
I asked Daniel to share some thoughts on landscape painting, in conjunction with the publication of several of his artworks in the Landscapes issue of Artist Portfolio Magazine. It’s an honor to have his work selected alongside so many great artists! 1. How has your landscape painting style changed or evolved over the last 5 or 10 years? For many years I was simply painting a portrait of â€œa place.â€ Maybe it was a home place, a well-known building, or perhaps a country church. I still seek to render the â€œlocationâ€ as it was or maybe still is. But as time has gone by, Iâ€™m also interested in putting the â€œplaceâ€ in the right atmosphereâ€¦ or weatherâ€¦ to make it seem more realistic. This can have the effect of making the scene more dramatic. 2. Is there a mood or feeling that your want viewers to take away from your landscape paintings? In many small towns and country crossroads, we find dilapidated churches, banks, and schools. I enjoy â€œrenovatingâ€ some of these back to their original â€œglories.â€ But I also hope that the viewer will feel some sadness that these places are gone or going. Sometimes I try to find […]
We took lots of photos asÂ Daniel worked on his paintings for his “Arkansas Weather Report” show in March at Cantrell Gallery. We thought it would be fun to create a video showing the progression of the paintings. Here is the first video, for the painting The Green Trim. The painting depicts an old country store, once thriving but now sitting abandoned by the roadside in Ladd, Arkansas. We are happy to say that the painting was purchased by an Arkansas fine art collector during the first week of the show. But if you like his work, Daniel has several other works for sale at Cantrell Gallery in Little Rock, Arkansas. Hope you enjoy the video!