Don Perley began his art career in 1975.
A Midwest native, Don has exhibited his work in solo and group shows at the Dana Reich Gallery, San Francisco, the Schmidt/Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, Albert Shahinian Fine Art, in the Hudson Valley, NY, the Flow of Art Gallery, Norwalk, CT, and the Peter Marcelle Project, Southampton, NY.


He is currently a member of Pleiades Gallery in the Chelsea art district of New York City.


Don has won multiple awards for his paintings and assemblage pieces in juried competitions. He lives and works in Stamford, CT.

These days I am just concerned with liberating color from the cruel tyranny of confinement in the tube!


Don Perley is an artist whose work is improvisational, layered and complex. Secrets are revealed slowly, both in oil painting and
deep relief assemblage. His style tends toward the raw and rough, similar to untamed nature seen from a forest trail where the raw and rough, upon close observation are also delicate, soothing and healing.

Typically, his work has no center point of focus and so pushes the eye from one passage to another on a journey —  voyages into the possibilities of color juxtapositions, as well as the physical properties of the paints and inks pushed to the limit. The assemblage pieces are displays of various raw materials  deforming and making their own designs.

The artist experiences improvisation as the unveiling of the mechanics of nature itself, like the gears behind the clock face.


Ultimately, what Don creates are arenas and conditions for colors and materials to display their properties freely and combine in unplanned and joyous ways. His intention is not so much the creation of art, it is more a search for spontaneous life springing out of pure color. This is direct painting, direct expression and direct communication.


97th Annual Juried Exhibition, Greenwich  Art Society, Dagny Hultgreen Griswold cash award for painting - "Mirage," 2014

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East End Arts Council, Riverhead, NY,

3rd Annual National Juried Art Competition - Best in Show, "Juju," 2014, cash award and artist-in-residence award.

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The Ridgefield Guild of Artists 43rd Annual Juried Show - “The Colorworks,” 2020

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SPECTRUM Exhibition, New Canaan Society for the Arts - “Wired,” 2018

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Flinn Gallery Juried Exhibition, Greenwich Art Society - “Forgotten Dreams,” 2016

98th Annual Juried Exhibition, Greenwich Art Society - “Rough Sketch,” 2015

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