Stephen O'Donnell

Almost entirely self taught, Stephen O’Donnell was first “educated” as an artist as a consequence of his great interest in history and biography. Historical portraits have been his greatest ongoing influence. Gender ambiguity has played a large role in his work and, especially recently, it appears in conjunction with his favored genre: the portrait historié. Literally, a historicized portrait, in which a recognizable subject is portrayed in historical or mythological guise, it was a popular conceit employed by many of the great seventeenth and eighteenth century masters.

Not surprisingly, Stephen most often uses the self-portrait as the basis for his work. And by using himself as the model, he feels that he is able to avoid the biggest limitation of the portrait as a form: that it is “about” someone specific. If the portrait is only of the artist, then the viewer has more opportunity to find their own narrative in whatever visual scenario is presented.

Listing 21 Works   |   Viewing 1 - 21
Stephen  O'Donnell M. le Comte Inconnu
A Boy and His Dog, 2017
24 x 18 in
SOLD
Stephen  O'Donnell M. le Comte Inconnu
Imminent Encounter, 2017
20 x 16 in
SOLD
Stephen  O'Donnell M. le Comte Inconnu
Plunder, 2017
16 x 12 in
SOLD
Stephen  O'Donnell M. le Comte Inconnu
Morsel, 2017
8 x 8 in
SOLD
Stephen  O'Donnell M. le Comte Inconnu
Mythology, 2017
12 x 12 in
SOLD
Stephen  O'Donnell M. le Comte Inconnu
Nectar, 2017
12 x 12 in
SOLD
Stephen  O'Donnell M. le Comte Inconnu
Perch, 2017
8 x 8 in
SOLD
Stephen  O'Donnell Safekeeping
Safekeeping, 2016
12 x 12 in
SOLD
Stephen  O'Donnell Anonymous Greek God
Anonymous Greek God, 2017
20 x 16 in
SOLD
Stephen  O'Donnell M. le Comte Inconnu
Dans la Pièce d'Après, 2014
30 x 24 in
Stephen  O'Donnell M. le Comte Inconnu
Les Amis, Les Amants, 2014
36 x 24 in
Stephen  O'Donnell M. le Comte Inconnu
Une Petite Pause, 2013
24 x 24 in
SOLD
Stephen  O'Donnell C_est mon chapeau
C'est mon chapeau, 2013
24 x 18 in
Stephen  O'Donnell M. le Comte Inconnu
Pan, 2015
24 x 24 in
Stephen  O'Donnell Le Pince-nez
Penchée, 2015
24 x 24 in
Stephen  O'Donnell Le Pince-nez
Stevie, 2015
36 x 24 in
Stephen  O'Donnell M. le Comte Inconnu
Tatouage, 2015
24 x 24 in
Stephen  O'Donnell Le Pince-nez
Autumn into Winter, 2015
30 x 24 in
Stephen  O'Donnell M. le Comte Inconnu
Le Vermillon, 2013
12 x 12 in
Stephen  O'Donnell Ecstasy of a Faun
Ecstasy of a Faun, 2003
16 x 12 in
SOLD

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