Daniel Coston’s art will be featured March 8 through April 27 at Cantrell Gallery in Little Rock where he will present Structures II, his paintings of structures that dot the Southeast Arkansas landscape.
The Fayetteville artist was born in Monticello where his art can be seen in many businesses and homes.
“Since college, I have always noticed when I left one area and entered another one, the houses would change architecturally,” Coston said. “Having spent a decade in Delaware, I got used to houses that had a different shape from what I was familiar with growing up in south Arkansas. When I came back to Arkansas, I was more acutely aware of the shape of homes here compared to Delaware.
“One of my more memorable projects in Delaware was illustrating a book of ‘Old Country Churches’ and when I returned to Arkansas, I was able to see the unique quality of ‘country’ churches here,” Coston said.
Upon his return to Arkansas, Coston received many commissions from individuals to paint their homes or home places.
“I actually never studied architecture but I have always been very interested in how to draw things as our brain sees them. So I became sort of a specialist in perspective because I’m always drawing houses, churches and buildings in general,” Coston said. “I see buildings — homes, businesses, factories — as defining an area as much as anything else. The varied paintings in Structures II examine the structures that dot south Arkansas and how they fit in the landscape. I have churches and cotton gins. I have painted sheds filled with tractors and who knows what.”
Coston hopes his paintings give the viewer a visual education about Southeast Arkansas. “Maybe they will remind people of the past. Maybe they portray what Arkansas is like now. Maybe they depict something unexpected,” he said.
“Some of the pieces will push the definition of ‘structures’ but I think viewers will learn some things about Southeast Arkansas.” Coston said.
Coston will be present for the opening night reception on March 8 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The gallery and the reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.