Hear firsthand from exhibiting artist Don Coen about his artistic process and the life-changing events which have shaped his work. This talk will offer incredible insights into the hard work and meaningful interactions that inspired the pieces in Don Coen: The Migrant Series as well as the experiences that inspired his other works of art.
About Don Coen:
Don Coen was raised on a ranch near Lamar, Colorado where he was part of every aspect of ranch life and drew inspiration from his surroundings. In addition to major paintings illustrating cows, trucks, and animals, in 1990, Coen started traveling to photograph and paint the hard-working migrants who picked and sorted the crops that become the produce we eat every day. His large-scale painting technique stems from his early career as an abstract expressionist painter of large colorful canvases and showcases a lifetime of practice as an artist. Don Coen’s works are in private and public collections throughout the West, including: the Denver Art Museum, the Phoenix Museum of Art, the Foxley Company collection, the Whitney Gallery of the Buffalo Bill Museum of Western Art, and the Bodin Art Collection in New York, among many others. He received his BA from the University of Denver and his MFA from the University of Northern Colorado.
Image: Don Coen, Angel (detail), 2001-2010, Airbrush acrylic and pencil on canvas.