Don Estes

b. 1959, St. Louis, MO
Just as stratified segments of earth reveal events in time, I think of my work as constructed of layers of information, some opaque and literal, others translucent and obscure.
Junction
Junction

Don Estes is known for harmonious, dimensional abstractions of the landscape of the American South. He focuses on geological formations, river bluffs, coastlines, and horizons- places where water, land, and light interact and change through the passage of time. In a range of intensities and textures, he layers dry pigment, pastel, and gesso in horizontal and vertical bands, narrow stripes, wide blocks, and translucent washes onto raw canvas or panel. His works share the same dualities and subtle complexities of the environments he interprets: solid yet temporal, monumental yet vulnerable, present and grounded yet untethered. Like fossils, his they reveal hidden dimensions and histories through their shape, form, and texture.

Don Estes received his BFA and MFA from the University of Memphis. Estes has participated in exhibitions in Boston, New York, Nashville, Austin, and Amsterdam. His work is in the collections of Duncan Williams, Inc., Memphis; Harvest Group, LLC, Memphis; Iberia Bank Memphis Headquarters; NSA Corporate Headquarters, Collierville, TN; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; Mercury Investment Management, Memphis; NexAir, Memphis; Regions Insurance, Memphis; and Wunderlich Securities, Memphis, among others. He was an original founder of Number: A Quarterly of the Visual Arts, as well as a pioneer of the South Main Arts District. His Second Floor Contemporary Gallery (1999-2005) was an important non-commercial art space for new work by regional and national artists.

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Junction
Junction
Watershed #3
Watershed #3
Boundry
Boundry
Watershed #2
Watershed #2
The Approach
The Approach
Vista
Vista
Where Were You
Where Were You
Forecast
Forecast
Southern Exposure #1
Southern Exposure #1
Southern Exposure #3
Southern Exposure #3
Southern Exposure #4
Southern Exposure #4
Southern Exposure #5
Southern Exposure #5
Southern Exposure #6
Southern Exposure #6
Southern Exposure #7
Southern Exposure #7
Delta Burn
Delta Burn
Saturday's Storm
Saturday's Storm
Junction
Junction
mixed media on panel, 44x48
2019
Watershed #3
Watershed #3
mixed media on panel, 40x44
2019
Boundry
Boundry
mixed media on panel, 32x36
2019
Watershed #2
Watershed #2
mixed media on panel, 40x44
2019
The Approach
The Approach
mixed media on panel, 48x56
2018
Vista
Vista
mixed media on panel, 64x72
2018
Where Were You
Where Were You
mixed media on panel, 45x48
2018
Forecast
Forecast
mixed media on panel, 44x48
2018
Southern Exposure #1
Southern Exposure #1
pastel, gouache and graphite on plaster, 16x18
2018
Southern Exposure #3
Southern Exposure #3
pastel, gouache and graphite on plaster, 16x18
2018
Southern Exposure #4
Southern Exposure #4
pastel, gouache and graphite on plaster, 16x18
2018
Southern Exposure #5
Southern Exposure #5
pastel, gouache and graphite on plaster, 16x18
2019
Southern Exposure #6
Southern Exposure #6
pastel, gouache and graphite on plaster, 16x18
2019
Southern Exposure #7
Southern Exposure #7
pastel, gouache and graphite on plaster, 16x16
2019
Delta Burn
Delta Burn
mixed media on panel, 64x72
2017
Saturday's Storm
Saturday's Storm
mixed media on panel, 32x36
2017

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