Don Pentz


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Don Pentz studied at Mt. Allison University and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1966. Subsequently he attended the University of Regina and earned a Master of Fine Arts in 1979. He was also spent a summer at the Banff School of Fine Arts.

His work has been exhibited in galleries across Canada and as far a field as England, Japan, France and areas of the United States. Pentz has been exhibiting since 1967.

As well as doing studio work, Pentz enjoys working on location with oils or watercolours. This occasional change to "plein air" painting allows for a more spontaneous approach to making art, and is a refreshing release from the more controlled studio environment.

He was known for his finely detailed watercolour and oil paintings which depict the waterways of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. An avid outdoorsman, Don knows the rivers, forests and seacoasts which were often subjects for his paintings.

A completely different series of paintings portray geology and archeology which are themes that have always intrigued Pentz, and one sees these influences in the textured surfaces of his “ancient landscape” acrylic paintings. The images contain hints of landscape, stained objects, crumbling walls, earth stratification, weathered surfaces, or scars and gouges. Much of the development of the image relies on the process of applying and then removing paint. Some of these colours remain in the crevices of the texture to help define the shapes that emerge and create the features of the land and its hint of human habitation.

Along with using a moody and evocative range of colours, Pentz stains, scrapes, wipes and re-paints. "I simply try to work in a way that allows things to happen," he says.

The following is a selection from his past achievements:

2002 Elected to the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour
2002 Nova Scotia Arts Council "Creation" grant
2000 Canada Council "Travel" Grant
1980 Canada Council Grant
1979 Twining Scholarship, Banff School of Fine Arts
1978 Nova Scotia Talent Trust
1978 Arts Award, Saskatchewan Arts Board
1976 Elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (R.C.A.)