brian donnelly


Oh. My. Beautiful, sad, perfect, destroyed… all of that. This is the work of Toronto based artist Brian Donnelly. He has a solo show coming up later this week in Portland at Stephanie Chefas Projects. The show is titled “Nothing Lasts Forever” – appropriate – and this was a chunk of text that I found on the gallery’s site describing Brian’s process:

“Donnelly is well known for his aggressive approach to portraiture that involves defacing meticulously executed figures through the use of turpentine, hand sanitizer, and other materials. The resulting work is a study in deterioration, fortified by the philosophy that to take away from something can be just as provocative as to add to it.”

Agreed. I think I’d put the word “brave” in there somewhere too. I’m not sure I’d be able to pour turpentine over a perfect painting… although I bet it would be fun!

comments (4)

  1. Cecile /// 05.03.2016 /// 11:24am

    I saw Brian Donnelly’s work on Hi-Fructose yesterday and thought “I’m surprised Danielle hasn’t found these yet, she loves melting faces” ! And here they are… ; )

  2. the jealous curator /// 05.03.2016 /// 10:04pm

    ha! so funny cecile… i do love melting faces!

  3. Brian Donelly | K I D I N D A B O X /// 05.03.2016 /// 5:30pm

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  4. Karen robey /// 05.17.2016 /// 7:51pm

    WOOWOWOW!! Truly another way to appreciate portraiture.

    Very well done!

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