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Donald Bustraan attended the Slade School of Art at London University where he studied art history and painting under Sir Lawrence Gowing and Patrick George. He also studied Fine Art at Michigan State University (Dean’s List), and Kendall College of Art and Design.
Initially he developed applied art for some of the best interior designers in the business, namely Rose Tarlow, Ralph Lauren, Sally Sirkin Lewis, Barbara Barry, & David Easton, as well as several high-end home furnishings companies. He lived and traveled throughout Asia and Latin America guiding manufacturers on the finer points of design and finishing. In 2011, Donald returned to his fine art roots and set up an art studio in Los Angeles showing with other artists at Inglewood Studios. Later, he moved to North Carolina where he established a studio in High Point with a focus on providing art for interior designers.
While Donald’s style continues to evolve, his reputation is developing through a willingness to explore combinations of different artistic styles within a single canvas. Influences of Twombly (Asemic expressions), Picasso (Cubism) and De Kooning (biomorphic shapes and strong colors) can be seen in his work. Exploring visual narratives within these compositions challenges the viewer to read the clues within the art.