Lot 15 - Miranda Donovan - The Light is on Your Back
Acrylic and Mixed Media
Signed on Verso
Curated by Lee Sharrock
Miranda Donovan is a London-based British Dutch artist whose low relief paintings have been exhibited in Europe, the US and UK including at Sotheby's NY, The Public (selected from the Frank Cohen Collection) and The New Art Gallery, Walsall. Her work can be found in notable collections including that of Cheyenne Westphal, Frank Cohen, the Mugrabi’s, the Khalili brothers, Mark Hix, Stephen Webster and Jeremy Clarkson, the Groucho Club, Soho House and House of Koko.
Within her paintings Donovan sets out to create worlds wherein polarities and differences co-exist through subject matter and materials used. The intention is for these polarities to be analogous of the differences in the wider world whilst simultaneously inferring the complexity of emotions that speak of what it is to be human.
Order and chaos, man and nature, beauty, and decay, the urban and the rural are some of the polarities Donovan features in her work as she strives to create worlds wherein these differences not only co-exist but do so harmoniously. To this end her work is one of hope because as Donovan would argue “without hope what is the point”.
1998-2001: BA Hons, History of Art, Bristol University
2002-2003: BA Hons, Fine Art: Painting (1st Year) École supérieure d'art d'aix-en-provence.
2003-2005: BA Hons, Fine Art, (2nd two years) City and Guilds of London Art School
2022 Once Upon A Time, Co-Curated by Flora Fairbairn & Katie Heller.
2022 The Springboard Foundation in collaboration with Cheam
2022 House of Koko, London, Permanent Collection
2021 Soho House, London. Permanent Collection
2021 Iris Studios, Works on Paper
2021 Chelsea Arts Club, London
2020 Works On Paper, Frestonian Gallery
2019 Serena Morton Gallery, London.
2018 The Collective, curated by Stephen Williams
2017 Stephen Webster, Los Angeles (Solo show)
2017 Art Below, London Underground
2017 Christies BFAMI Auction
2016 Hix Art Gallery, London, (Solo show)
2013 Lazarides Gallery, Greek St, London, (Solo show)
2011 Lazarides Gallery, Rathbone Place, London, (Solo show)
2010 Lazarides Gallery, Rathbone Place, London, (Solo show)
2008 Lazarides Gallery, Greek St, London, (Solo show)
2006 "Soundbyte", Solo Exhibition, Bologna, Italy, (Solo show)
The Fenton Arts Trust Award
Painter Stainers Award
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artworks
The genesis of every painting I make is a "wall". The universality of language found on walls is something I’m continually drawn to, due in large part, because they constantly remind we are all part of the same whole. The characters in these works, made from deconstructed then reassembled machine and appliance parts, are deliberately devoid of stereotype labeling in a deliberate attempt to focus instead on what it is to be, and to feel, human.
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