Donlon’s Landscapes of the Atchafalaya to open in Lafayette Dec. 14
Jon Griffin Donlon’s Landscapes of the Atchafalaya, abstract expressive fine art photographs, will be featured at Second Saturday ArtWalk in the Gallery at Cité des Arts, Sat., Dec. 14.
The exhibition will run through Jan. 31, 2020.
Jon Griffin Donlon was born in Lafayette and graduated from ULL. He left Louisiana to pursue graduate work at the University of Illinois and has since then shown his drawings, paintings and photographs from time to time regionally, nationally and internationally.
This is the first show of Donlon’s Atchafalaya Landscape Photographs.
Donlon freely admits to his love of the Atchafalaya basin and his admiration for the folk who live and work there.
He recollected his impression of light and the metal bits and pieces and line and rope of commercial fishermen – and that light broken, bouncing, patterning through leaves and on water.
Exploding from the dynamics of social change triggered by World War I, the abstract expressive form quickly became a dominant trend in Western painting during the 1950s with people such as Willem de Kooning, Franze Kline and Mark Rothko. Donlon admits to being especially fond of and influenced by Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, Ad Reinhardt, Elaine de Kooning and Robert Motherwell.
Donlons landscapes of the Atchafalaya don’t render the place as it looks, but as he feels it when he looks at it.
Donlon earned his Ph.D. from the University of Indiana in the Department of Leisure Studies, specializing in controversial leisure and tourism. In the ensuing decades he has worked in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Near East, the Mediterranean and the United States.
The author of “Bayou Country Bloodsport: The Culture of Cockfighting in Southern Louisiana,” published by the McFarland Press, he has recently finished 8 years in Japan as a full professor at Tokai University in Tokyo and is now occasional faculty at UL in Lafayette and LSMSA in Natchitoches.
The Gallery, located at 109 Vine St. in downtown Lafayette, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For information on weekend times, visit citedesarts.org or call (337) 291-1122.
The show is free and open to the public
Paintings and copies of the photographs are for sale.
Cité des Arts is a non-profit organization that was organized to support the artistic endeavors of other 501(c)(3) organizations.