Stephen O'Donnell
Beastly
April 4 - April 29, 2017

First Thursday reception
April 6, 2017

open until 8:00pm

Exhibition tour and discussion with Susan & Stephen
Saturday, April 8, 2017
11am

Stephen O'Donnell returns for his seventh solo exhibition at Froelick Gallery. The paintings he presents in Beastly are rendered in impossibly fine brushstrokes of acrylic, depicting both the artist and animals in humorous, compelling and sometimes challenging scenes. Recognized foremost as a painter of gender-defying self-portraits in which he is adorned in the dress and hairstyle of past centuries, O'Donnell depicts himself in billowing gowns and bouffants, ruffs, bodices, and even in Frida Kahlo's signature shawl and floral corona. In some, he is positioned in lavish drawing rooms; others against simple fabric backdrops.

True to the show's title, beasts and birds come to the forefront of a number of paintings; some interacting with the central human figure, others taking the spotlight themselves. The latter are paired, comically, with luxurious jewelry. These baubles, indicators of wealth and station in our world, are essentially useless to the squirrel, the monkey, the chickadee. The contrast between the glimmer and elegance of the objects and the simple adornments of feathers and fur is compelling; human artistry versus evolutionary refinement. O'Donnell paints both with an apparent great relish for the textural challenges afforded by both. 

M. le Comte Inconnu A Boy and His Dog
acrylic on panel
24 x 18 inches
SOLD
 
M. le Comte Inconnu Imminent Encounter
acrylic on panel
24 x 16 inches
$5,500  
Safekeeping Le Lapin fumant
acrylic on panel
12 x 12 inches
SOLD
 
M. le Comte Inconnu Mythology
acrylic on panel
12 x 12 inches
$3,500  
M. le Comte Inconnu Nectar
acrylic on panel
12 x 12 inches
SOLD
 
M. le Comte Inconnu Perch
acrylic on panel
8 x 8 inches
SOLD
 
Safekeeping Safekeeping
acrylic on panel
12 x 12 inches
SOLD
 
M. le Comte Inconnu Morsel
acrylic on panel
8 x 8 inches
$2,750  
M. le Comte Inconnu Plunder
acrylic on panel
16 x 12 inches
SOLD
 
M. le Comte Inconnu Une Petite Pause
acrylic on panel
24 x 24 inches
SOLD
 
M. le Comte Inconnu Les Amis, Les Amants
acrylic on panel
36 x 24 inches
$7,500  
M. le Comte Inconnu Dans la Pièce d'Après
acrylic on panel
30 x 24 inches
$7,000