"Donna is a self taught painter. Working in oil, acrylic, charcoal and pastel, she lives and paints in Los Angeles. She brings her artistry, imagination and strength to create a unique pallet of images.
“My entire exploration in doing this series is to look at female bodies...and not just bodies but the beauty, power and emotion of bodies. Women have a natural beauty, inherent courage and compassion for humanity. We live in such a mechanical, high tech world that, to me, this series is an ode to simplicity and beauty at its basic sense. It’s a fight against technology, status-quo. A fight against algorithms and linear lines – the coding of computers and going back to who we are, our individuality, and really admiring it. My intent is to show sensuality, pure and uncomplicated. To show power in solitude. I draw inspiration from Impressionist art, Expressionist art and the beginnings of Cubism and Abstract art. These drive my use of color and texture and line. To me, life is fast and beautiful and bright and vibrant. These works are an ode to femininity, sensuality, to a more simpler time.”
Since 2007, Isham has also added her creativity and expertise to creating a more tolerant world as President of the Artists for Human Rights Foundation. Her contributions include establishing numerous programs such as film premiers of human rights topic films, the Hope and Human Rights Speakers Series to increase the Hollywood community’s awareness of global issues, and outreach programs in Haiti, Honduras and most recently India - all in an effort to advocate for the awareness of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the prevention of human rights abuses.
Donna is the mother of 4 gorgeous and talented children (they say she’s a bad ass) and wife to an amazingly talented and prolific film composer/ recording artist whom she is collaborating with on a multi media installation.”
We are thrilled to share this inspirational interview between Donna Isham and Shana Nys Dambrot, Art Editor for LA Weekly, art critic, curator and author.
The power duo discusses the premise behind She: Unbound, the concept of women no longer bound by unattainable ideals of perfection, the lyrical quality of abstract paintings and the fundamental need for creativity and art that could not be more necessary than it is right now, to lift our spirits as we unite to overcome this urgent crisis.
Donna Isham "SHE: unBound" - Extended to April 30th!!
GDCA Gallery is pleased to announce the extended run for rapidly emerging star – artist Donna Isham's solo exhibition SHE: unBound.
The official opening reception was hugely successful, delivering both the highest ever attendance as well as sales - we couldn't have been more pleased with the outcome!
Due to recent COVID 19 state restrictions, the gallery exhibition is closed temporarily to ensure the safety of our communities.
However, we believe true Art will always find a way to reach its intended audience, and therefore, we are thrilled to offer the beautiful, inspiring works of Donna Isham's SHE: unBound exhibition HERE, ONLINE!
Please scroll to the right to view the individual artworks, virtual gallery walk-through videos and installation pictures.
For your convenience, "INQUIRE" buttons are located beneath each artwork, which allow you to contact us directly about pricing and availability. You may also call us anytime at (323) 309-2875. We are here to be of service!
ABOUT THE EXHIBT:
Fine Artist Donna Isham’s thought provoking female-centric figurative series along with her emotive abstract works that explore the power and beauty of the unrestrained woman.
Donna Isham’s figurative works are naked, raw and beautiful. She utilizes live models, photographs and a variety of materials from oil and acrylic to charcoal and pastels in order to create a more visceral impact.
"This entire series embraces a more fluid concept of female beauty and power,” Isham states, “we can no longer be bound to some unattainable idea of perfection. We must celebrate our diversity and our individuality. I want to depict the true beauty of those who will no longer be marginalized, who challenge the status quo. Fearless and flawed, these women are beautiful.”
Isham’s passion for redefining outmoded standards of beauty was recognized following her ‘UnBound’ Art installation, featured during Art Basel, with Notable Magazine calling Isham’s work, “this is what feminist art looks like.”
Isham's abstract work is equally focused on freedom of expression, “while my figurative series is female-centric, my abstract work speaks more to emotion than to gender,” says Isham. “I am a feminist but primarily a humanist so my abstracts are not gender specific. Free expression is a passion of mine, and with this work I wanted to distill feelings and emotion in order to create a dialogue with the viewer.”
Applying palette knife and bold brush strokes, vibrant and muted colors, along with fast gestural mark making, Isham depicts raw, unfiltered emotion. Using biomorphic states, the abstracts have a lyrical quality that captures the motion of emotion.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Donna Isham draws influence from her vast experience in fashion and entertainment. Her paintings are part of private collections worldwide, and her work has been exhibited at numerous galleries across the country including New York City, Los Angeles and several galleries in 2020 during Art Basel, Miami.
Her career as a fine artist has also taken a philanthropic route, with Isham serving as the President of Artists for Human Rights Foundation, where she uses her creativity and expertise to create a more tolerant world.
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