DONALD H. CURLEY
NOT A GREAT PLACE TO CROSS
acrylic on board
signed; signed, titled, dated 87 on reverse
18 ins x 27 ins; 45.7 cms x 68.6 cms
Donald Curley was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1940, and graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1958. He attended classes at the Art Students League in New York City from 1959 to 1961 and from 1966 to 1968, going on to study at the Royal Academy in London for one year in 1969.
In 1996, Curley was included in Who's Who in International Art, and subsequently in Who's Who in American Art. In 2002 Donald was recognized by editors of International Artist Magazine as one of the Master Painters of the World, and in the next issue he was chosen to be the Grand Prize Winner, the first artist to be honored twice in the same competition.
Curley completed many commissions, including those for Commemorative Stamps, Switzerland, and for the Royal Canadian Mint, including the gold portrait coin of Alexander Graham Bell, four coins for the 1998-2000 Canadian Sports Series, and the 10-cent coin of John Cabot’s transatlantic crossing. His work is found in several prominent international collections, including the Carnegie Museum in Pennsylvania, and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Curley passed away in Chester, Nova Scotia in 2009