“Arkansas Weather Report”, an exhibit of recent acrylic paintings by Daniel Coston will be featured March 7 through April 27 at Cantrell Gallery in Little Rock. The Opening Night Reception will be March 7, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. This will be a great opportunity to see this show, meet Coston and enjoy some light refreshments.
The Fayetteville artist is a native of Monticello where his art can be seen in many businesses and homes. His new collection, “Arkansas Weather Report” illustrates the changing weather patterns in Arkansas.
Late In The Day by Daniel Coston
“It is a cliché that if you don’t like the weather in Arkansas, just wait until tomorrow because it will change,” Coston said. “In this show, the weather will change when you step to the next painting. ‘Arkansas Weather Report’ reflects the natural variability from day-to-day, hour-to-hour, painting-by-painting.”
As an artist, Coston records southeastern Arkansas through his landscapes.
“Quite often the scene emphasizes the architecture found throughout the region,” he said. “Seemingly, that gives the paintings a historical aspect; however my intent is to convey the region as it exists in the present.
Mondrain’s Barn by Daniel Coston
“The paintings in ‘Arkansas Weather Report’ represent a subtle shift from the scenes of my previous exhibitions even though the subject matter is much the same,” Coston said. “I started these paintings in 2013 and as the year progressed; I noticed that I was including the weather more so than in the past. A change that began accidentally became more intentional. I focused on depicting the full complement of Arkansas weather and its impact on the landscape, from flood to drought, hot to cold, dusk to dawn. Atmospheric conditions, clouds and sunsets were once relegated to the background, but in this new body of work they are now front and center, since those things are often our main clues to weather.
“There’s another shift at work as well in these paintings,” he said. “As the years have gone by, I have begun to see things better than I did when I was younger. I see a wider range of values now and therefore, a wider range of colors. (It is always nice to find a positive in growing old!) So, in these paintings I have used this new — to me — skill. It has opened up a much larger artistic vocabulary. Before, I might have painted a generic “daylight”, but now I can see ways to represent not just dawn or twilight but some of the variations of full blown daylight, and the effect it has on an old home place or a deserted roadside gas station.
“For me,” Coston said, “this collection of work indicates more alertness and awareness on my part. I hope that these paintings will open up new vistas for the viewers as well and an awareness of the atmosphere in which these structures are immersed — we call it, weather.”
“Arkansas Weather Report” will continue through April 27. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday – Saturday.
Daniel Coston is a native of Monticello. He completed his BA in Art from Harding University in 1968.
He predominantly paints with acrylic, but his style is influenced by Eakins, Hopper, and Wyeth.
Coston has had solo shows at Cantrell Gallery (Little Rock) and Aerie Art (Rehoboth Beach, DE). His paintings are in numerous public and private collections and included in the Arkansas Arts Center’s Delta Exhibition. He lives and works in Fayetteville, Arkansas.