Capture the Night - A Moment in Time Opening Gala

Donald James Waters' OAM Australian Contemporary Artist


Opening night of The Donald James Waters' OAM, exhibition was a Gala event for Cairns Art lovers. Frame Design opened the DJW Solo Exhibition and welcomed its one hundred plus special guests to a red carpet, champagne and hors d'oeuvres extravaganza. Our guests were the first to see the most recent collection of DJW’s - ‘Capture... A Moment in Time’ solo exhibition

Guests enjoyed a welcome and introduction by Eddie Hayes co-owner of Frame Design and a presentation by the artist himself. Donald and his wife Margaret travelled especially to Cairns from their home in southeast Queensland to attend the opening. Donald, a recent recipient of the ‘Order of Australia Medal’, engaged with his audience from the heart as he spoke about his latest body of work. It’s obvious from his deep desire to help people less fortunate than he, that he reflects in his art happiness and a positive vibe. His paintings personify the vibrancy and diversity of life with colour and themes that lift the human spirit.

DJW, as he is fondly referred to, doesn’t talk that publicly about how and what he does to help people in need. In essence he talks through his art; his teaching infuses art into peoples minds and kick starts the creative thinking that we are all capable of tapping into. His ability to connect to people needing support builds trust, and in many cases helps them on the road to recovery.

Feedback from guests was more than glowing; DJW not only presented twenty-seven pieces of art, he left the audience with a sense of ‘feel good’! People who have attended DJW exhibitions in the past often attend again, as much to see and buy his art as to listen to him talk; he’s a real inspiration.

DJW’s paintings attract a cross section of the community, numerous commissions in homes, schools, offices and government buildings. More recent notable commissions of interest are a 7x3.2 metre Queensland Police Service 150th year Anniversary Painting. It’s a commemoration to the QPS and those who have served. Together with DJW’s Portrait of now retired commissioner Bob Atkinson; stand in perpetuity in the foyer of the Roma Street Head Quarters.

His works are the creative expression of an artist uninhibited by mainstream or conventional thinking. Some works are reminiscent of his traditional style, depicting people, fun and the vibrant colours of our amazing Australian landscapes. All of his works engage the viewer to travel into an imaginary world that kicks one's mind into a deeper relaxed sense of consciousness.

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