Don and Rob met in New York in the 80’s, while attending the graduate program at Parsons School of Design. They both did post graduate work (with many other artists) at the celebrated fruit stand in Brooklyn and then moved on to work for one of the great frame makers in New York at Benevy’s in soho. They both offer decades of experience as painters and teachers with a deep understanding of the classical underpinnings of great painting and how the moderns have transformed that. Both copied from masters early on in the museums and are devoted to the physical and felt experience of both creating and looking at art that goes beyond interpretation of image to poetry and presence. This is not a class about methods or techniques but about finding one’s own voice while re-examining the tools of the trade; value, color and form.
Though three full days of painting can seem daunting, it offers a unique opportunity to delve deeper into the craft with two committed artists who have experience way beyond the bounds of Cape Cod. The goal is to inspire through working together in the context of the very much-alive craft of painting.
Donald Beal was born in 1959 in Syracuse, NY, and grew up in Westford, MA. He studied painting at the Swain School of Design in New Bedford, MA, and received an MFA from Parsons School of Design.
Donald Beal studied in Swain School of Design, B.F.A. in painting, 1077-1981, and did his Master’s in Parsons School of Design, M.F.A. in painting, 1982-1983. He is a 2013 recipient of The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant. HIs work is part of these selected collections: Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries; Wright State University, Dayton, OH; the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA; the Cape Museum of Fine Arts, Dennis, MA; and the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, NY. He moved to Provincetown, MA in 1985 and continues to live there with his wife Khristine. Beal was a Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Massachusetts in North Dartmouth where he taught from 1999-2019.
Rob Dutoit received a BFA from the University of New Hampshire and his MFA from Parsons The New School of Design where he studied with Paul Resika and Leland Bell. He also studied for extended periods in France and Italy.
An active Cape Cod artist since the 1980s, he has been involved in numerous solo and group shows in Boston, New York, and Provincetown, most recently at Maurice Arlos Gallery, NYC and Gallery Ehva. He is currently represented by Berta Walker Gallery in Provincetown. He is well known for his expressive and atmospheric pastels and oil paintings as well as work with ink and brush which reveal a deep and personal connection to the essence of things. His constant work and observation of the great masters gives his work a human depth and history that transcends into the present moment through the natural world around him. He resides in North Truro with his wife and son, practices Zen meditation, enjoys gardening, raising chickens and bees.
Rob DuToit is also a master frame maker, initially learning the art of gilding and frame finishing from Herbert Benevy in New York City, later honing his skills in several upscale New York shops in the 80’s. He now runs Rob DuToit Frames from his studio/shop in Provincetown.