Don Almquist’s accomplishments as a painter and graphic artist are many and varied. Not only is his work represented in private collections here and abroad, he has exhibited in ten solo shows and sixteen juried shows in the U.S., Canada and Sweden while garnering a number of awards.
Don’s graphic art and superb draftsmanship has been equally well received. His work has appeared in national and international publications and in more than two-dozen adult and children’s books.
He is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design where he was a student of John Frazier, Gordon Peers and Robert Hamilton.
Earlier in his career, he served as an art and creative director for Åhlen & Åkerlund in Stockholm, Sweden, one of the largest and influential publishing houses in Europe, and also as graphics advisor to the U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service in Washington DC.
He is listed in Who’s Who in Graphic Art, Zurich, Switzerland, Who’s Who in America (2002-07), and 2000 Outstanding Artists and Designers of the Twentieth Century, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England as well as 21st Century Award for Achievement from IBC and the Dictionary of International Biography. In 2003, the International Biographical Centre of Cambridge, England nominated Don as the International Visual Artist of the Year.
Born in the U.S. of Swedish ancestry, Don lives in charming New Castle, Delaware with his wife, Kerstin, who, was born and raised in Sweden. From their home, which is built directly on the Delaware River, they share their view with a never ending variety of wildlife and the occasional cruise ship that slides past the studio window.
– M.T., Curator/ American Swedish Historical Museum, Philadelphia, PA
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