Art has always been a focal part of Donald Curran’s life. His drive to draw and paint always pushed him to pursue a career in art.
After graduating from high school, he studied at the Kansas City Art Institute. In 1975 Donald began a career as a successful illustrator. He is best known for designing and illustrating high end collectable steins for Anheuser-Busch, Inc. After twenty years of working for hundreds of major national and international companies, he decided to devote himself to his first love, fine art painting.
Donald’s work has been exhibited in numerous museums, galleries and exhibitions. His paintings can be found in collections throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Donald was commissioned to do three paintings for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has also recently exhibited in the the following major Shows: “American Society of Marine Artists’ 30th Anniversary National Exhibition” (2008-09) and the 15th National Exhibition, 2012-13; “Salon International” (2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013) hosted by the International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art at the Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art in San Antonio, Texas, “Oil Painters of America National Exhibition (2007,2010, 2011, 2013); “International Marine Art Exhibition” (2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013) at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Connecticut and “Allied Artists of America National Exhibition” (2005, 2006) at the National Arts Club, New York City.
He has won awards for the past three years in the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society’s Best of America annual exhibition.
Donald is a Signature Member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society; a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) and an Associate Member of the Oil Painters of America. He is represented in galleries throughout the United States and Ireland.