In addition to being an artist Donald Curley was a teacher, lecturer and writer. His subjects included landscape, seascape, marine-scapes, history, figurative work and portraits. Impressed by man’s courage and accomplishments at all levels in life, Don’s art often tells stories about survival as related to rivers, oceans, forests and mountains. Donald went to great lengths to represent the infinite varieties of the textures he saw in earth, sky and water. His images are combinations of imagination, historical research and experience. Many of his paintings reflect moments of history that take the viewer back in time. He tested every painting he finished by asking himself if the subject was believable and if he could pass into the painting without effort. He called his style “objective realism” and said he’d like to be remembered for, “painting common things uncommonly well”.
Donald made numerous donations of his art toward conservation fund-raising efforts and his community. In 1996 Donald Curley was included in “Who’s, Who in International Art”. A stamp was printed in Switzerland that year as a tribute to him in honor of this achievement. The stamp features the painting “Sunday Morning.” He has been included in Who’s Who in American Art”, Who’s Who in International Art”, “Magazin’Art Biennial Guide of Canadian Art”, “Outstanding People of The 20th Century”, Cambridge and Fellowship I.B.A., Cambridge, England.
Donald’s paintings are collected in Canada, United States, Mexico, Hawaii, Australia, India, Italy, France, Spain and England. They are in museums, corporations and private collections. His art has been shown in the last few years at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wisconsin, – Algonquin Museum, Ontario, – Carnegie Museum, Pennsylvania, – Witte Museum, Texas, – Neville Public Museum, Wisconsin, – Virginia Museum of Natural History, Virginia, – Sangre De Chisto Arts Center, Colorado, – Walt Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Florida, – The Delaware Museum of Natural History, Delaware, – The Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, New York, – and The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia. Donald designed ten coins for The Royal Canadian Mint, which included a gold portrait coin of Alexander Graham Bell. His works can be found in books, magazines, prints and posters. North American publishers including Mill Pond Press have produced numerous prints of his art. In the year 2002 the International Artist Magazine, Issue 24, April/May, listed Donald as one of the Master Painters of the World. In the next International Artist Magazine, Issue 25, June/July he was selected as the Grand Prize Award Winner and Finalist – the first artist to be doubly honored in one competition. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.