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Roanne O'Donnell

Roanne ODonnell

Roanne ODonnell

Roanne ODonnell

Born St. Andrews, O’Donnell is an award-winning Scottish painter currently working on the series, 'Surface Work'. She studied Drawing and Painting at the prestigious Edinburgh College of Art and went on to obtain a Masters in Contemporary European Fine. After 18 years of professional practice in Northern Norway, she now has her studios in Andalucia and Fife, Scotland.


O'Donnell makes paintings, drawings and frottage with a subtle minimalistic approach, the subject being the process of making it, inextricably linked to the concepts and actions of limitation, restriction and repetition. The work is systematic and meticulously planned works that resonate with surfaces created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal. Her works are notable for their perfect finish and tactile nature. This is of great importance and bears witness to her concern for craftsmanship. Her work has been exhibited worldwide and collected by such as The Scottish Office, North Norwegian Museum of Art and private collectors. Recent exhibitions include FAB2020 Contemporary Art Festival, with Outside The Form and Giornata del Contemporaneo, Associazione dei Musei d’Arte Contemporanea Italiani with Rossocinabro Contemporary Art, Rome. In 2021 she will show in the Over The Structures Exhibition, CICA, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art in Korea. In depth interviews can be read in contemporary art magazines, ART Habens Review, Reset Fine Art and Art Reveal Magazine.


Parallel with her own art practice O’Donnell is a curator and was the Director of the Gallery of Northern Norway, collaborating with the National Museum of Art in Oslo, curating and exhibiting work by Paul McCarthy, Norway 10 Designers and established international and emerging artists.


contact@roanneodonnell.com

3D exhibitions

  • Roanne ODonnell

    TRENTO ART FESTIVAL

    23 Feb 2021 – 15 Mar 2021

    Roanne O'Donnell

  • Roanne ODonnell

    SURFACE WORK

    01 Mar 2021 – 30 Jun 2021

    SURFACE WORK is selected from a series of paintings and frottage, which I began in 2017 and first installed in the derelict building yard, Antigua Cine in the mountain village of Montejaque, Spain. The subject of my work is the process of making it, limitation, restriction and repetition. Restricting my materials and with a strict, mark-making action, I deliberately control the painfully slow progression of the surfaces. It is a twenty-year investigation. The mark is a horizontal line. The most direct I know. The substrate is paper. Binders are limited to oil and cold wax. Materials are restricted to ivory black pigment, graphite and charcoal. The physical process is the monotonous repetitive movement of making lines by bending over paper, laid flat, and drawing the line or moving my paint mixtures across the surface over and over, again and again. The concept is gemination: ”No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.” Heraclitus of Ephesus. As a painter working within minimalist principles, and with no reference other than the process of making work and the resulting surface, I have no place for personal influence, but after so many years of investigation, I decided to acknowledge the origin of my absorption; the coal miners in my family working underground. It is a homage to the manual labour of these men, who repeated their laborious, monotonous, restricted movements digging in the confined space and darkness of the deepest coal mine in Scotland, The Glencraig Colliery, at 610 metres below ground.

    latest works

    • Roanne O'Donnell

      SURFACE WORK 17, 2020
      32 x 45 x 3 cm (h x w x d)
      # oil #painting
      GBP 6200
    • Roanne O'Donnell

      BURNISHED SURFACE 3.1, 2021
      30 x 30 x 3 cm (h x w x d)
      Frottage. Charcoal on paper
      GBP 2500
    • Roanne O'Donnell

      SURFACE WORK 18, 2020
      80 x 56 x 2 cm (h x w x d)
      Oil, cold wax and graphite on paper
      GBP 8500
    • Roanne O'Donnell

      SURFACE WORK 15, 2020
      45 x 32 x 2 cm (h x w x d)
      Oil, cold wax and graphite on paper
      GBP 6200
    • Roanne O'Donnell

      SURFACE WORK 14, 2020
      62 x 48 cm (h x w)
      Oil, cold wax and graphite on paper
    • Making of SURFACE WORK 16
    • Text
      15 x 40 x 3 cm (h x w x d)
    • Roanne O'Donnell

      SURFACE WORK 20, 2020
      80 x 56 x 3 cm (h x w x d)
      Oil, cold wax and graphite on paper
      GBP 8500
    • SURFACE WORK
      70 x 120 cm (h x w)
    • SURFACE WORK | 2017-2020
      220 x 200 cm (h x w)
    • Roanne O'Donnell

      Coal Mining Fife | 02:59:90, 2019
      58 x 103 x 3 cm (h x w x d)
      Video
    • Roanne O'Donnell

      SURFACE WORK 4 (with detail), 2017
      65 x 100 x 3 cm (h x w x d)
      Oil and cold wax on paper
      GBP 8500
    • Cutting sketches, 1997
      30 x 130 x 3 cm (h x w x d)
    • Roanne ODonnell

      BURNISHED SURFACE 2.10, 2019
      30 x 30 x 0.3 cm (h x w x d)
      Frottage. Charcoal and oil on paper
      GBP 2500
    • Roanne O'Donnell

      BURNISHED SURFACE 2. 21, 2019
      30 x 30 x 3 cm (h x w x d)
      Frottage. Charcoal on paper
      GBP 2500
    • Roanne O'Donnell

      SURFACE WORK 2, 2017
      180 x 104 x 3 cm (h x w x d)
      Oil, cold wax and graphite on paper
      GBP 10500
    • Roanne O'Donnell

      SURFACE WORK 1, 2017
      180 x 102 x 3 cm (h x w x d)
      Oil, cold wax and ivory black pigment on paper
      GBP 10500
    • Roanne O'Donnell

      SURFACE WORK 16, 2020
      40 x 80 x 3 cm (h x w x d)
      Oil, cold wax and graphite on paper
      GBP 6200
    • Roanne O'Donnell

      SURFACE WORK 14 , 2020
      62 x 48 x 3 cm (h x w x d)
      Oil, cold wax and graphite on paper
      GBP 8000
    • Roanne O'Donnell

      SURFACE WORK 19, 2020
      80 x 56 x 3 cm (h x w x d)
      Oil, cold wax and graphite on paper
      GBP 8500
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