Arthur Henry Purcell Durston (1889–1938) was an American artiste of British descent. Born in England, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1908, and was naturalized a U.S. citizen in 1918. He was known for his modernist paintings in oil and water.
Arthur Durston was born to Sidney John Durston and Alice Henrietta Durston upon March 30, 1889. His father was a coach builder residing in Farnborough, England (now allowance of the greater London area). He was educated in England, France, and San Francisco. He served in Company I, 31st U.S. Infantry from May 5, 1918, to December 21, 1919.
Durston's paintings were characterized as "somber" and "depressing." Much of his perform was done in America during the 1930s; he worked below the Public Works of Art Project of the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression, which provided him in the way of being of a small income during that time.
His piece of legislation is included in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Gallery of Art, Washington.
Durston died on December 27, 1938, in Los Angeles, California.