JOHN DONOVAN

John's work pares down the essential elements of art and restructures them in a creative way.  Highly chromatic colors are used in a systematic device to communicate a modern message.  Composition is severely restricted while color is wide ranging and full strength.  The high tech world is implied by the speed and intensity in which the eye moves through the synapses of the painted canvas.  The hand of the artist is de-emphasized in deference to the conceptual message of systematic beauty.  Color can either convey emotion or take part in a universal message when used in a serial system.  John especially likes to explore the opposing forces of the cool and warm sides of the spectrum.  There is a tension created by the scientific aspects of the physical world and our need to organize and understand what it is we are looking at. 

 

John has also made paintings and drawings appropriating media images  - for example his pieces "Kim-Jung-un"  and "Putin Handshake"

Quad Dissolve Reverse

Oil on Canvas

28" x 28"

Quad Dissolve

Oil on Canvas

28" x 28"

Crescent with Quad Contrast

Oil on Canvas

24" x 24"

16 Square Dissolve

Oil on Canvas

28" x 28"

Grid within 4 Quadrants 

Oil on Canvas

24" x 24"

Solar Square

Oil on Canvas

32" x 32"

25 Squares with Gray Center

Oil on Canvas

25" x 25"

Flute 21

Oil  on Canvas

54" x 45"

Alternating Checkerboard

Oil on Canvas

40" x 40"

The Eye of the Storm

Oil on Canvas

48" x 36"

Checkerboard

Oil on Canvas

48" x 48"

Around the World

Oil on Canvas

60" x 30"

Putin Handshake

Oil on Canvas

34" x 42" 

Four Color Dissolve

Oil on Canvas

24" x 24"

Quadrants with Reverse Grid

Oil on Canvas

24" x 24"

Brilliant Pairs

Oil on Canvas

28" x 28"

24 Color Spectral

Oil on Canvas

25" x 25"

Parallel Universe

Oil on Canvas

40" x 40"

Warm Cool Split

Oil on Canvas

35" x 14"

Icon

Oil on Canvas

36" x 36"

Opposites

Oil on Canvas

36" x 54"

Flute RG 18

Oil on Canvas

54" x 44"

St. Brigid's Cross

Oil on Canvas

42" x 42"

Inverted Starburst

Oil on Canvas

24" x 24"

West Side Highway

Oil on Canvas

32" x 43"

Kim Jung-un

Oil and Collage on Canvas

32" x 48" 

Goz Amir Refugee Camp

Pencil on Paper

2.25" x 3.125"   

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John Gotti, Jr

Pencil on Paper

 9" x 6"