Donald Kirkpatrick

American (1887-1966)

Limited edition reproduction print. Edition no. 12/100

c. 1940

Private Collection

American artist Donald Kirkpatrick studied architecture at
the University of Pennsylvania (1908). Having established a
successful career as an architect, he later joined the university
as Assistant Professor of Design, a position he held from 1931
to 1934. During this time, he studied etching and watercolour
with Edouard Leon and in 1931 was awarded an Honourable
Mention in Etching at the 1931 Paris Salon.
Kirkpatrick and his wife Renee, a fellow artist, moved to Bermuda
in 1934 when he joined local architectural firm Onions and
Bouchard. Upon his retirement in 1952 he helped found the
Bermuda Society of Artists and went on to become the first
president when it became the Bermuda Society of Arts a
couple of years later.
Whereas many of his contemporaries captured the beauty of
Bermuda’s landscape, Donald Kirkpatrick chose to focus on
the day-to-day life of Bermudians. In this way, he is sometimes
referred to as a predecessor of contemporary artist Sharon
Muhammad. His work is held in the permanent collections of
both the Bermuda National Gallery and Masterworks Museum
of Bermuda Art.

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