Ravenswood, W.Va., native Don Pendleton will speak about his work at 7 p.m. today at the Huntington Museum of Art, part of the Walter Gropius Master Artist series.

An exhibit titled “Paris Signs Presents: Fine Lines: The Artwork of Don Pendleton: A Walter Gropius Master Artist” will be on view through June 1.

Pendleton will present a three-day workshop at HMA titled “Fine Lines: The Art of Skateboard Graphics” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Pendleton said he will cover a variety of ideas and many skill levels during the workshop.

“I want to run the spectrum of illustration, design and just some of the basics of approaching both in the manner that I normally do,” he said. “I don’t want to teach my style of work particularly, only to offer artists a different perspective of how to approach an assignment or a job or a new piece of work, so there will be aspects as basic as the elements of design all the way through to where each person will design their own skateboard graphic.”

 Pendleton, a Marshall Univeristy graduate, will return to HMA for a freeskateboarding demonstration from 2 to 5 p.m. May 17 in HMA’s front parking lot. Rain date for the event is May 18. Participants must wear a helmet; those younger than 18 must have written parental permission.

Pendleton is an American artist, designer, illustrator and writer grew up watching his father paint and embraced drawing at 9. He discovered skateboarding five years later. As a sponsored skateboarder, Pendleton quickly moved through the amateur ranks, competing and doing demos throughout the Midwest and East Coast until an ankle injury in 1992 shifted his focus back to artwork.

 Pendleton earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic arts with a minor in sociology from Marshall University in 1994. He landed a position of in-house graphic artist and designer for Alien Workshop in 1998.

From 2005-2009, Pendleton spearheaded the creative and marketing team of skateboarding giant, Element Skateboards, from his home base in Dayton. He is a freelance commercial and fine artist whose client list includes Zero Skateboards, LG Electronics, Mountain Dew, Gatorade, Pearl Jam, Nike 6.0, and DC Shoes, among others.

Pendleton’s paintings, prints and design work have been exhibited in group and solo shows around the globe and featured in magazines such as Juxtapoz, Transworld, The Skateboard Mag and other print and online publications. He also has participated in many live painting events throughout the U.S. and Europe.

In 2009, a documentary film titled “Little Giants” chronicled his life and work. When not traveling, Pendleton can be found painting in his studio, riding his skateboard, or in front of a computer working on graphics for his recently resurrected company, Darkroom.

For workshop fee information or to register, call (304) 529-2701.


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