Hi there!

This site contains my portfolio, resume and articles written about my work and of course my own writing. Mostly, my blog which was started in August 2009 at the commencement of a sabbatical year from the California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. I started the blog to keep friends and colleagues informed of my travels and research over the year and it quickly become a core part of my practice as an artist and educator.

I welcome your comments!!

The catalog of my most recent exhibition Genius Loci’ at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art can be previewed (and purchased!!) by clicking this link.

From the (non-existent) dustcover!

Donald Fortescue

Donald Fortescue is a Professor of Art and Design at the California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. He was born in Sydney, Australia, where he studied zoology and botany for his first degree, and worked as a botanical consultant and scientific illustrator for many years. His love of making lead him to further studies in woodworking and furniture design at the Australian National University and then to a Master’s degree in Sculpture. He moved to the US in 1997 to head the Furniture Design program at CCA. Since then he has exhibited extensively in Australia, the US and South America. He received an Experimental Design Award from and had a solo exhibition at the San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art in 2001. His most recent solo exhibition was at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art in 2010. He was an artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts in 2011 and will be summering at the Baer Art Center in Iceland in 2012.

His latest works investigate the nuances of the local by emulating the collecting and display strategies of Enlightenment explorers. He draws on traditional craft processes and forms while delving into new technologies such as digital fabrication, sound and video. He is interested in the the interstices between the familiar and the strange, the old and the new, the knowable and the ineffable.