John J. Donnelly
John Donnelly has been represented by The Marcia Evans Gallery in Columbus Ohio for the past seven years. John has also exhibited in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Michigan area. In 2013 he was included in the international exhibition, “Artprize” in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is an active exhibitor in the Columbus Ohio Aids Task Force “Art For Life” exhibitions and several other annual charitable events. In 2005 John was awarded the Edward Frey Award for the best in show at the 60th annual May show in Mansfield Ohio Art Center. In 2001 he was awarded an Ohio Individual Artist Grant. John received his BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in 1981 and Temple Abroad in Rome, Italy in 1980; his MFA from Indiana University in 1986 and was awarded a residency at the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in the 1984. John continues to study and paint both here and in Italy. He is a professor of art and chair of the art and design department at Mount Vernon Nazarene University since 1989. His artwork is in numerous private and corporate collections. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he currently lives in Mount Vernon, Ohio.
At the core of my process is an unearthing and excavating of that which is not readily seen. Surfaces are scraped and sanded to reveal embedded striations and colors are exposed evoking a visual lapse of time. Consequently there is a descent into a more ambiguous space.
The paintings on panels have been power-sanded; the canvases scraped, leaving evidence of the making. My hope is that the paintings have the resonance of a well-weathered wall.