Description Don Thornton is a very talented fine artist and graphic designer who offers beautiful collections of outstanding original Poster and Print Art in his richly detailed thought provoking and very powerful style. This collection of works, commemorate and pay homage to the historical and preeminent rise to fame and political power of the first African American President and international political icon, Barack Obama, winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. President Obama is the first African American to successfully run for President of the United States and be elected by the people of America November 4, 2008 to hold the highest office in the world as U.S. Commander-in-Chief.
Donald Thornton, Akron, Ohio Member Since December 2009 Artist Statement GIFTED DESIGNER, FINE ARTIST & WORLD PEACE VISIONARY
Donald Thornton, aka "The Art Angel" is a Marketing Consultant & Sr. Art Director for the (Michael) Jackson Family Foundation which was Co-Founded in 2009 (soon after Michael’s passing) by the Jackson Family Patriarch & Matriarch, Joseph & Katherine Jackson. The Jackson Family Foundation’s Vision includes plans to “Franchise” a "Jackson World Resorts" enterprise globally which will feature a “Michael Jackson Performing Arts Center” and "Jackson Family Museum".
Mr. Thornton is best friends with and has known the President & Co-Founder of the Jackson Family Foundation & Jackson Development & Marketing Corporation, Mr. Simon Sahouri, for almost 18 years. Mr. Sahouri is also the Publisher of Las Vegas Hollywood Magazine and Total Prestige Magazine.
Visit www.DonaldThornton.com to learn more about Mr. Thornton's Michael Jackson and Jackson Family Foundation related graphic designs, art direction and web development.
Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, 40 miles south of Cleveland, Ohio, Don took up Commercial Art at Akron Central-Hower where he graduated in 1973 with a 3.8 GPA along with winning the "Craftsmanship Award" for most outstanding Senior Graphic Designer. Arguably one of the most gifted all around fine artists, illustrators, graphic designer and web masters in the world, Art Director, Don Thornton has been creating incredible visual images for well over 40 years.
Don earned a full scholarship to play basketball at Fairmont State University in Fairmont West Virginia in 1973 where he majored in Fine Arts and was considered by his Instructors to be a very gifted college fine arts major. Don won several awards during his career and took "Best of Show" during an all campus “Fine Arts Competition” as a freshman while competing against Senior Art Majors and Graduate Students.
After college, Don continued his art career as he worked for several graphic design studios in Akron, Ohio. He moved to California in 1990 to further pursue his graphic arts career during which time he created several charitable events and philanthropic campaigns beneficial to society.
Don founded “Don't Give Up! Incorporated” in November of 1993, of which during its existence was a very popular Los Angeles Human Crisis Organization that launched the "Gift for Life Project" in Support of Children with AIDS.
By way of his "Gift for Life Project / Let’s Stamp Out AIDS Movement", Don was able to partner with the U.S. Postal Service, Elizabeth Taylor Foundation, the Elton John Foundation, the Magic Johnson Foundation and the Children's Hospital Los Angeles Children's AIDS Center on behalf of Youth with AIDS Awareness Projects launched during the middle 1990's.
Mr. Thornton continues his involvement in the Humanities in helping to "Build World Peace" in particular with the Founding of his "World Peace Plans Social Network" located online at; www.WorldPeacePlans.com. He is also actively involved with the co-creation of the first inaugural "Bermuda World Peace Summit" which is slated for an official Bermuda launch in 2017.
As a visual artist still actively involved with the entertainment industry, Don takes great pride in working with the historic "Jackson Family Foundation" in helping to preserve the epic legacy of "Michael Jackson" and the entire "Jackson Family" at www.JacksonFamilyFoundation.com.
Much like the entire world, and the "Jackson Family Foundation", "Don" was amazed to hear of the tragic passing of the eclectic artist "Prince" on April 21, 2016. Don felt saddened with an actual physical pain in his heart when he heard the news of "Prince", much like the pain he felt when "Michael" passed.
Don was compelled to create his latest art works entitled; "Return to Paradise." This is a collection of original Prints, Posters and Merchandise he hopes to exhibit and tour with in the months and years ahead. He has developed "Prince Tribute Sites" at; www.Prince4Peace.tumblr.com, www.LetsWork