Donald Driss - Biography
Donald Driss was born and raised in Milwaukee Wisconsin in the 1950's, where he began exploring
his creative abilities with a 35mm camera.
The following is a brief chronology of his art career:
- Moved to New York and set up a small studio on West 37th Street in Manhattan. Apprenticed with
successful commercial photographers such as John Paul Endress, Klaus Lucka, and
In 1975, he moved to Chicago and opened a small photo studio on LaSalle St. Worked for
local commercial film studios such as Sedelmaier Films, Gil Sorensen Prod., and
- Moved back to New York where he began painting and developing his unique perspectives
of aircraft on canvas. Over the years, he learned to combine the technical accuracy of working
from airplane specs, transforming them into abstract forms. Using vibrant acrylic
colors on almost always black background, he has managed to keep the integrity and the
recognizable parts of the aircraft in tact, while creating a visual abstraction of color that
delights the eye. Using the frontal perspectives of the aircraft, they each in turn, display their
distinct form and personality.
- While researching materials on the technical aspects of flying to develop a better
understanding of his subject matter, he began collecting information for the eventual writing of the film script,
Phantom Squadron, which tells a poignant story of
fighter pilots caught in the middle of the air war over S.E. Asia.
He has also reproduced one of his paintings, Mirage F.1, into
1000 signed & numbered archival prints which are currently for sale.
Donald Driss has shown his work in group exhibitions throughout the New York area in
the 1980's and 1990's, including shows in Soho, Tribeca, and at Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side of
Manhattan. He has also exhibited his aviation art at the Aerospace Historical Center in San Diego, The
Confederate Air Force in Midland, Texas, and the Virginia Air & Space Center in Hampton Beach, Virginia.
He is a member of the American Society of Aviation Artists, the Air Force Association and the Aircraft Owners' & Pilots' Association.
Presently he has aviation art works in the U.S. Air Force Art Collection and 15 paintings in the permanent collection of art
at Kearfott Navigation & Guidance Corportation in Wayne, New Jersey.
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