Johannah O’Donnell’s Cosmic, Wild Acrylic Paintings

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Johannah O’Donnell’s acrylic paintings on wood blend geometric forms, abstraction, and wild animals. The Florida native, who also is an art instructor, cites Spanish surrealism, Pop Art, and the sci-fi/fantasy genre as influences in her work. O’Donnell was last featured on here.

A recent triptych, titled “Elegy to the Soviet Union,” mixes O’Donnell’s familiar style with a more political slant. (The titles seem to reference the “”Elegies to the Spanish Republic” series by abstract expressionist Robert Motherwell.) O’Donnell recently commented on the reasons she chose the iconography contained in the paintings. “I always enjoyed those monuments because they’re abandoned, and I thought it was a really interesting metaphor for that country,” she recently told Artborne Magazine. “I wanted to add an environmental discussion about post-Soviet Union Russia.”

O’Donnell is a graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota. Since graduating, her work has been shown across the U.S. This includes a solo show in the New York City spot Bold Hype Gallery in 2013.

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