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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

BOBBY DONOVAN

BOBBY DONOVAN

Artist Work

Down the Well
2006
Color woodcut
32 x 24 inches
Eve Temps Adam
2006
Color woodcut
32 x 24 inches
Susannah and the Elders
2006
Color woodcut
32 x 24 inches
Head of the prophet
2006
Color woodcut
32 x 24 inches

Artist Information

County
Montgomery County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Bio

In 2000 I began to paint and to produce woodcuts based on religious subject matter derived from the stories of the Old Testament. I became interested in exploring my interpretation of these myths for two principle reasons. Firstly, these stories are so abundantly represented in 16th. and 17 century painting that I enjoy the idea of an art historical continuum. I associate these images with great art. But association with such art is only incidental to the second and more fundamental reason I am attracted to the subject matter of biblical accounts. I find the stories and morality tales in the Bible, an ideal way to express the anxieties of our current times. Those stories I usually chose are those that involve deceit, or sexuality, or violence. Many contain all of these qualities. Through these myths I am able to explore my revulsion to cruelty, to untruths that lead to misery, and for all manner of aggression. What is appealing to me is that I am able to do so without obvious moralizing or making topical statements of political/social propaganda. The stories attract me because they are truly mythical -presenting the timeless challenges that are beneath the incidental exterior of present day life.