Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Jeff Donovan's Show Opens Friday

IF Art,1223 Lincoln St., Columbia, SC 29201, (803) 238-2351

Sofa Man, 2010

Acrylic, gouache, charcoal and pastel on canvas

25 x 20 in.

$ 1,200

Opening This Friday


Post-Retrospective Perspective

Since the overwhelming success of his January retrospective, Columbia, S.C., artist Jeff Donovan has been on fire. The ceramicist and painter completed some 15 new paintings that will be shown in an upcoming exhibition at if ART Gallery. The exhibition, Post-Retrospective Perspective, will run from August 13 - September 4, 2010; the opening reception is Friday, August 13, 6 - 9 p.m.

Most of the new paintings feature the psychologically ambiguous figures with a somewhat invented physiology that Donovan is known for. But while the artist's current cast of characters is as subdued as usual, the new paintings are especially lively. Donovan's uses bright colors or high contrasts, continuing the trend that was visible in the most recent paintings included in his January retrospective. His characters have volume and strong graphic qualities, often filling most of the space. The complex surfaces are radiant, carefully built up with gouache, charcoal, pastels and sometimes acrylics. Very few of the paintings have the earth tones or monochromatic qualities that characterized many of Donovan's paintings of the past several years.

The new exhibition testifies to the burst of energy and inspiration that Donovan has gathered from the success of his January retrospective. That exhibition featured almost 100 art works, the majority on loan from collectors, and saw brisk sales.

For a PREVIEW of the exhibition, CLICK HERE.

Oh My, 2010

Acrylic, gouache, charcoal and pastel

on canvas

21x 21 in.

$ 1,325

Hmmm, 2010

Acrylic, gouache, charcoal and pastel on canvas

30 x 30 in.

$ 2,000

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