‘Rad, Not Sad’ by Johannah O’Donnell
Artist: Johannah O’Donnell
Title: ‘Rad, Not Sad’
Medium: Acrylic on wood
Dimensions: 20″ x 12″
Year of Creation: 2021
About the Artwork:
“I bought this wood plaque years ago and could never figure out what to paint on it. I finally decided that it deserved something extra fun, so I came up with this “kitchen sink” painting (I threw everything I had at it). I used to paint animal-headed people pretty often but hadn’t done so in a while. Working on this piece made me wonder why I stopped, as I had such a good time designing and painting this one. As far as the deeper message goes, basically, it’s about looking towards a better future, perhaps on another planet with friendly aliens.” – 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 Francisco. 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”, “Lil Bub: The Earth years”, “Bad Dads: Art Inspired by the Films of Wes Anderson”, 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.