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Francis ODonnell

Richmond, VA, United States

Recently, I have undergone a shift in my current thinking about art & therefore the approach I take to my work. I have come home to Abstraction. A style I have a deep understanding of and I hope some talent for. However, during the past twenty years, I have held 'Abstract Art' in some disdain, not that I disliked it, quite the opposite. I find it a very valid form. I have a great regard for this cutting edge movement! However, early on, it became clear to me that "Art for art's sake" had become a religion. Art produced with no real intellectual merit, meaning, or thought behind it was acceptable, so long as one could talk about it. Psycho-babble could justify the work so that 'Bullshit Artists' became regarded as 'Fine Artists'! People with no command of the basic color theory or how to employ perspective, light, or line, except to draw a stick figure and splash paint around, became exalted. This hypocrisy plagues a huge portion of the Art World, encouraged by some elite ... gallery owners, agents, and critics, more concerned with their bottom line than the promotion of substantial art work. I've been creating my whole life - my first memory of a work is that of a kangaroo drawn on the back of a rocking chair. The mix of art and history is in my blood - art was instilled by my great grandfather and encouraged by my mother, the love of history from my father! A natural pair as one can not do without the other ... On my search, I have traveled far and wide, to many countries and sacred places around the globe, including most of its great art museums ... all of man's endeavors however noble are feeble. Only love, compassion, and the beauty held in nature can draw us close to the mystery of the transcendent unknown truth of the Universe! As an artist, this is what we are reaching for and trying to understand and translate through our work! "Art for art's sake" is DEAD! ... for those who dare to see, it is abundantly clear, 'The Emperor Wears No Clothes'.

Francis's ArtPrize Entries

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    THE DEADLY TIDE

    2017 ArtPrize Entry Francis ODonnell
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    Not Participating

    2013 ArtPrize Entry Francis ODonnell
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    GUERNICA Redux 2012 The End of Times or Holocaust of the Innocents

    2012 ArtPrize Entry Francis ODonnell
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