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Don Pendleton is an American artist whose techniques range from creating digital and hand painted artwork for his legendary body of skateboard graphics to original acrylics on canvas for gallery shows, murals, conceptual art, and installation pieces that merge linguistics with his narrative artistic vision.

His aesthetic compositions resonate from linear organic cubist creations and similarly move to more expressionist forms that deal with issues of communication in a narrative, visual context. He often incorporates references to insects, animals and ambiguous characters to complete his finished compositions. These equivocal Archetypes are in constant interaction competing for space within the linear composition of the painting creating a confluence of tension and issues of communication that is a metaphorical reflection on the state of contemporary society and culture:

    “ I was always drawn to this idea of people cohabitating the same space and the conflicts that arise on a regular basis within that space. Whether it's war or arguments or brushing shoulders or stepping on toes, there's a consistency within the line and the space but at the same time, there's tension and conflict and potential for fights. All of that appeals to me when breaking up the space and creating a piece. I like the tension, I like the potential for conflict that people might recognize but I also like that there are characters in there that are basically on top of each other who may look confused or perfectly at ease within the chaos."

While the preponderance of his artwork is centered on his linear organic cubist, expressionist style, he continues to explore different new techniques to aesthetically complete each project he engages.

                                      -Karl Bornstein, March 5th 2011

 Alien Workshop
 (full-time, in house,1998-2005)

Element Skateboards 
 (full time, contract, 2005-2009)

Mountain Dew
Stance Socks
The Hundreds
K2 Snowboards
LG Electronics
Nike 6.0
Burton Snowboards
The Berrics
Zero Skateboards
Stereo Skateboards
Heroin Skateboards
Landscape Skateboards
Designarium Skateboards
Hessenmob Skateboards
DVS shoes
Etnies shoes
Verde Bikes
DC Shoes
Livestock (Vancouver)
Commonwealth Stacks
Furni Creations (Montreal)

* To inquire about hiring me for a project or about gallery exhibits or shows, please contact me directly

+ Skills/Concentration
 Illustration, graphic design, logos, murals, branding, identity & marketing

 20+ years of skateboarding history and knowledge of all aspects of action sports/15 years doing skateboard graphics.

 Writing, copy editing & layout

+ Shows/Exhibits
For a full list of shows and exhibits from 2001-2013, please send me an email.