Mythology offers me a chance to express visually the opposing forces of good and evil and fear and hope that humanity is all about.
Donald Axleroad draws inspiration from his lifelong interest in Greek mythology to provoke interest in current issues ranging from war and vengeance to the disease of Alzheimer’s. In his latest work, he sees a parallel between the tragic figures of ancient mythology and the contemporary victims of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Both are affected by forces beyond human control.
Axleroad has received numerous prestigious awards including a Silver Medal from the Allied Artists of America at the Salmagundi Club in New York and a Graphics Award from the National arts Club of New York’s Allied Artist of America Exhibition, as well as top prizes in many Fairfield County art associations. He has exhibited in major museums on the East coast and in a UN sponsored traveling exhibit of 100 American printmakers. A graduate of Pratt Institute, he has studied with Philip Guston, Richard Linder and Antonio Frasconi.
In addition to pursuing his artistic career, Axleroad has reached out to help dozens of others move forward in their lives. He is founder and Executive Director of the ARI Artist’s Initiative of Stamford which teaches developmentally disabled adults to draw and paint.