Don Pentz

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My new body of abstracted paintings titled "Ancient Landscape" represents a shift from the more archeological themes of previous work. I have changed my focus from that of underground strata and deteriorating object forms to that of an overview of the land itself.

As the title for the new series suggests, the images depict landscapes that have been shaped by millennia of upheaval and weathering from the elements. In some paintings, there's the suggestion of human structures now fallen into decay. How old or ancient might they be- and where have these civilizations gone?

These acrylic paintings are highly textured. Much of the development of the image relies on the process of applying and then removing paint. Some of these colours remain in the crevices of the texture to help define the shapes that emerge, and create the features of the land and its hint of human habitation.


1966     BFA, Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB
1979    MFA, University of Regina, SK
1979    Summer at Banff School of Fine Arts, Banff, AB


2013    Don Pentz Retrospective, NS Archives Building, Halifax, NS
2013    Black and Blue (with Wayne Boucher), ARTsPLACE Annapolis Royal, NS
2001    Trinity Galleries, St. John, N.B.
2000    Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, Vermont, U.S.A.
2000    Lunenburg Art Gallery, Lunenburg, N.S.
2000    Studio 21, Halifax, N.S.
1999    Kejimkujik National Park, N.S.
1998    Studio 21, Halifax, N.S.
1995    Moorings Gallery, Mahone Bay, N.S.
1991    Studio 21, Halifax, N.S.
1989    Studio 21, Halifax, N.S.
1989    La Galerie Continentale, Montreal, QC.
1987    Studio 21, Halifax, N.S.
1986    Lunenburg Art Gallery, Lunenburg, N.S.
1986    DesBrisay Museum, Bridgewater, N.S.
1986    Atlantic Salmon Federation, Montreal, QC.
1985    Gallery 1667, Halifax, N.S.
1984    Gallery 1667, Halifax, N.S.
1981    Dresden Galleries, Halifax,N.S.
1980    Dresden Galleries, Halifax, N.S.
1980    Lunenburg Art Gallery, Lunenburg, N.S.
1979    Norman Mac Kenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Sask.
1979    Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax



2000    Trinity Galleries, St.John, N.B.
1999    Trinity Galleries, St. John, N.B.
1999    Studio 21, Halifax, N.S.
1998    Visual Arts Nova Scotia, DesBriay Museum, Bridgewater, N.S.
1996    Studio 21, Halifax, N.S. "Far and Wide", Visual Arts, Nova Scotia
              Gallery '78, Fredericton, N.B. 
             American Museum of Fly Fishing, Vermont
1990    Osaka Triennial '90, Osaka, Japan
1990    Atlantic Waterfowl Festival, Sackville, N.B.
1990    Miramichi Salmon Museum, N.B.
1989    Studio 21, Halifax, N.S.
1989    "Atque Ars", Sackville, N.B.
1988    Studio 21, Halifax,N.S.
1988    Bowater's "Wild Life Exhibition", Zwicker's Gallery, Halifax, N.S.
1988    Lunenburg Art Gallery, Fish Exhib", Lunenburg, N.S.
1987    Windsor Wi l d l i fe Exhibition, N.S.
1986    Conclave '86, N.B.
1986    Visual Arts Nova Scotia, "10 Years”, N.S.
1985    "The Art of Interpretation", ParksCanada, Halifax, N.S.
1984    Fraser Cultural Centre, N.S.
1984    R.C.A. '84, Holland College, P. E . I .
1984    "Ars Scara", Halifax, N.S.
1984    University of Regina,"Anniversary Show", Regina, Sask.
1982    Lunenburg Art Gallery, Lunenburg,N.S
1982    Dresden Galleries, Halifax, N.S.
1980    Nova Scotia Art Bank, N.S.
1980    University of Moncton, N.B.
1980    "Emerging Canadian Artists", Muttart Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
1980    Shell Canada, “Atlantic Artists", Calgary, Alberta
1980    Pascal Gallery, Toronto, ON.
1979    Rosemont Gallery, Regina, Sask.
1979    Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, (Young Artists of the Prairies)


1967 Maritime Art Assoc.  Centennial Award for Best Painting
1972 Maritime Art Assoc.  Purchase Award for Best Painting
1975 Professional Artists Award (NS Gov.) study in Europe
1976 Elected to the Royal Canadian Academy (RCA)
1978 Arts Award:  Saskatchewan Arts Board
1978 Nova Scotia Talent Trust
1979 Twining Scholarships:  Banff School of Fine Art
1980 Canada Council Grant
1982 Parks Canada Commission
1985 “Wings upon the Wind” Commission: Bradford Exchange
2000 Canada Council Travel Grant
2002 Nova Scotia Arts Council “Creation” Grant
          Elected to the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor
          Woolfit Award: “Open Water” Exhibit


Canada Council Art Bank
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Shell Canada
St. Mary’s University
Mount St. Vincent University
Mount Allison University
Sun Life of Canada
Teleglobe Canada
 Bowater Mersey Pulp & Paper
Fraser Co. Pulp & Paper
Coopers & Lybrand
Maritime Tel & Tel
Maritime Broadcasting Corp
American Museum of Fly Fishing
Osaka Foundation of Culture
Nova Scotia Art Bank
Imperial (ESSO) Oil
Husky Oil
Confederation Center Art Gallery, PEI
St. Francis Xavier University
University of Regina
Trans-Maritime Quebec Pipline
Royal Bank of Canada
Parks Canada
NS Dept. of Natural Resources
The Great Eastern Corporation, Ltd.
Acadia University
Irving Ltd.
Cd. Soc. Of Painters in Watercolor
Lt. Gov. of N.S. Province House


Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB
Trinity Galleries, St. John, NB
Fog Forest Gallery, Sackville, NB
Peer Gallery, Lunenburg, NS


Don Pentz

Born: Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, 1940
Price range: $700-15,500