Don Stinson makes paintings and drawings about modern ruins in the American landscape: drive-in movie theaters, empty swimming pools, and abandoned gas stations. These paintings strive to place man-made relics of the recent past within the long tradition of landscape painting.
Stinson considers the romantic virtuosity of 19th century watercolor paintings and the grand scale of 19th century landscape painting as worn but resilient tools of a landscape painter working in the 21st century, who might just now be eloquent enough to dig something fresh out of the relics of 20th century bulldozers, dump trucks, and industrial grade concrete. Stinson’s work ranges from intimately-sized watercolors to large oils, with subjects that include land art projects (Spiral Jetty) and public works (Lake Dillon), as well as the spare, straight lines of Donald Judd’s concrete boxes set in Marfa’s landscape.
In addition to several solo exhibitions at Parchman Stremmel Galleries, Stinson has had several national shows, including a solo exhibition at the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, WY (1999) and several site-specific installations in cities such as Belfast, ME (1990), New York, NY (1989), and Boston, MA (1985). His work is in private and museum collections such as the Western Land Trust, Adam’s Mark, Inc., and the Denver Art Museum,.