Park House Spring Exhibition
Exhibition Overview - Deep in the Art of Texas
We are delighted to have Donald Robertson’s tongue-in-cheek, humorous art grace the walls and halls of Park House for his first show in Dallas. Our collaboration with the noted pop artist, prolific Instagram star and illustrator, enlivens the walls as you enter Park House. Donald recently moved his family to Highland Park from Southern California. Within a few short months, he has entrenched himself in the culture and subtleties of Texas and Dallas.
Donald’s show will feature various elements including his works on canvas, illustrations directly on the walls and large-scale sculptures. And for this show only, we have created an “Instagram Photo” opportunity! Be sure to follow Donald on Instagram at @drawbertson. Donald’s show officially opens on April 1st. He will chat with PH co-founder, Deborah Scott, about his inspirations behind the Park House show and the wide breadth of art works he creates out of anything from an old basketball, vintage canvases and oil drums. Donald’s works are also available for purchase right off the walls. A percentage of the sale of each piece will benefit our soon to be launched Park House Foundation, PHoundation. More information to follow on this exciting charity endeavor.
*To view all Donald's art and pricing, click here. *To inquire about purchasing Donald's art, please email email@example.com or call 323-452-3481. Now a word from the Artist...Donald's Vision:
“Happy April Fools!” The perfect day to open a show of my work. I pride myself on being foolish. I love making ridiculous things. “Funny Art” - not just because people who know better told me not to. Oh no. I explained it this way...I like my work to be “tongue in chic”. That explains what I do perfectly. Stupid I know. Google if you will my first solo show I did in Paris at Colette. It was during French Fashion week. I had been invited by Madam Colette herself to show my Portraits I make out of Walnuts. The show was called #fashionisnuts! It was so stupid and so genius at the same time. I’ll never forget Planters peanuts executives tried to contact me after because they said it’s hard to get high end fashion press for nuts! I proved them wrong. People in California said I was crazy for moving to Texas. That was in December 2020. I got here in January 2021 and my wife, Kim, and I immediately landed on a bar sofa in Park House. We had the best night. Deborah asked me to lunch the next day. She had me sign one of the last copies of my (sold out) book. Then, we came up with the idea to let me art bomb the joint. The front part!!! I am thrilled to have the blank walls to share all my latest work. Inspired by my very long drive to Texas. I drove a dog and my middle son, Ted. Kim and the other two flew. It was a great trip and sparked something in me very deeply. Now the broker that sold me our house in Highland Park says all his appointments these days are showing people from California houses for sale. Ha! Who is the genius now!!!
I’m sorry my Assouline coffee table book sold out. I would love to have it at Park House. I got a coffee table book of all my work because I was painting my name on their other covers and they asked me to stop. So, I got my own book. See how smart it is to do dumb things. Did I mention it sold out? Texas is a world into itself. Diana Vreeland said 'the eye has to travel.' She was right. I have a lobby stuffed with inspired art to prove it."
About the Artist...
Canadian-born Robertson attended the Ontario College of Art and Design. He provided creative direction for the launch of MAC Cosmetics and later moved to New York City to work for Condé Nast, where he launched Marie Claire magazine. In 2007, Donald started as a creative director at Esteé Lauder Companies on brands such as Smashbox, Bobbi Brown, and Bergdorf Goodman, including launching Flirt Cosmetics, Amber Rose.
In 2014, Robertson completed an artist-in-residency at Eric Firestone Gallery. He then joined Instagram and began to call himself " Donald Drawbertson", posting images of his work to all of his followers. He now has 220,000 loyal Instagram followers who purchase his creations from his daily postings. In 2014, Robertson was recognized by the CFDA and was nominated for "Instagrammer of the Year."
Also, an author, Robertson published and released his first children's book Mitford at the Fashion Zoo, in 2015, which follows Mitford the giraffe on his adventures at COVER magazine in the New York City fashion industry, what Robertson dubs the zoo. In September 2017 Donald published Donald: The Book with Assouline Publishing. Donald: The Book features many pieces from his collection and "playful anecdotes and quotes from industry leaders, fashion designers, and his many collaborators and muses.
Over the years, Robertson has collaborated with various brands and companies and just launched a collab with Max Mara Weekend. Robertson's most recent charity collaboration was with Bloomingdales, designing a sweater of which a portion of profits benefitted the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.