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The Art of Skateboarding

On April 7, 2014

Marshall University graduate Don Pendleton will present his art exhibit “Paris Signs Presents: Fine Lines: The Artwork of Don Pendleton: A Walter Gropius Artist” through May.

Pendleton will speak about his artwork at 7 p.m. Thursday, and he will teach a three-day workshop at the Huntington Museum of Art titled, “Fine Lines: The Art of Skateboard Graphics” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 11-14.

Pendleton is an American artist, illustrator, designer and writer whose techniques range from creating digital work for his skateboard graphics to installation pieces that connect linguistics with a narrative art visions.

The American artist was born in raised in Ravenswood, W.Va., where he grew up watching his father paint and followed in his father’s footsteps at age nine. Pendleton discovered skateboarding at age 13. As a sponsored skateboarder, Pendleton made his way through competitions, and amateur rankings until an ankle injury in 1992 that shifted his main focus back to his artwork.

In 1998 he landed a position as in-house graphic artist and designer for Alien Workshop. Pendleton also led the creative and marketing team of the skateboarding giant, Element Skateboards.

The artist is now a freelance commercial artist whose client list includes Zero Skateboards, LG Electronics, Mountain Dew, Gatorade, Pearl Jam, Nike 6.0 and DC Shoes, among others.

While the majority of Pendleton’s artwork is centered on his expressionist style, he continues to explore various techniques to complete each project that he engages in.

When Pendleton is not traveling, he can be found in his studio, riding his skateboard, or working on graphics in front of a computer screen for his resurrected company, Darkroom.

The exhibit is presented by Paris Signs and sponsored by Bulldog Creative Services, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and National Endowment for the Arts with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

Breckin Wells can be contacted at

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