‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ by Johannah O’Donnell
Artist: Johannah O’Donnell
Title: ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’
Medium: Acrylic on Wood Plaque
Dimensions: 12″ x 9″
Year of Creation: 2020
About the Artwork:
“My painting for this show is a portrait of Sean Young’s character, Rachael from Blade Runner (1982) and Blade Runner 2049 (2017). Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic is one of my very favorite films and has been a big influence on my work for years. As I was contemplating the “Ghosts Aflame” show title, the idea of painting Rachael seemed like a perfect fit. She is the ghost who haunts Harrison Ford’s Deckard throughout Blade Runner 2049. With that in mind, I painted her, not as a living, breathing person(?), but as an idealized version of that person, a memory more vivid than reality.” – Johannah O’Donnell
About the Artist:
Johannah O’Donnell, a Florida native, grew up in Sarasota, where she graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design with a degree in Fine Art. She is currently a full-time painter/art instructor and has exhibited work in numerous shows around the country, including a solo show at Bold Hype Gallery in NYC and a two-person show with Rebecca Rose (Sculpturings) at Gauntlet Gallery in San Fransisco. One of her paintings is on the cover of Lil Bub’s album, “Science & Magic”, and her work is also featured in “Lil Bub’s Lil Book” and “#Cats the Meowvie”.
Influenced by the American Pop Art movement, Spanish Surrealism, and Sci-Fi/Fantasy Art, Johannah O’Donnell’s paintings use natural and figurative symbolism to comment on the ever-evolving human condition.