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William Donovan
updated: 10/12/2011
website: billdonovan.net
 
   
 
 
     
 
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General History Translation
Troubled Girl
Kant Head
Bird Trickster
Grass Person with Worm
Space Spirit
Zatchula
Anna Ohura and Anonymous Biker
Kandahar
Laurie on Leave
RPG Man
Two Afghani Militia on Guard
Assadullah
Bacha Khan
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  documentary, violence, figurative, identity
 
 
General History Translation by William Donovan
General History Translation
Pencil and Watercolor on Paper
2011
12" x  12" 
Troubled Girl by William Donovan
Troubled Girl
Gouache and Acrylic on Paper
2010
14 " x  11 " 
Kant Head by William Donovan
Kant Head
Gouache and Acrylic on Paper
2010
11 " x  8 " 
Bird Trickster by William Donovan
Bird Trickster
Pencil on Paper
2010
10" x  8" 
Grass Person with Worm by William Donovan
Grass Person with Worm
Pencil on Paper
2009
11" x  8" 
Space Spirit by William Donovan
Space Spirit
Pencil on Paper
2007
11" x  8.5" 
Zatchula by William Donovan
Zatchula
Pen and Watercolor in Notebook
2005
5.5 " x  7 "  x 0.25 " 
Anna Ohura and Anonymous Biker by William Donovan
Anna Ohura and Anonymous Biker
Pencil in Notebook
2005
5.5 " x  7 "  x .25 " 
Kandahar by William Donovan
Kandahar
Ink in Notebook
2005
7" x  5.5"  x 0.25" 
Laurie on Leave by William Donovan
Laurie on Leave
Ink in Notebook
2005
5.5 " x  7 "  x 0.25 " 
RPG Man by William Donovan
RPG Man
Ink on Paper
2005
8.5" x  11" 
Two Afghani Militia on Guard  by William Donovan
Two Afghani Militia on Guard
Ink Wash on Paper
2005
11" x  8.5" 
Assadullah by William Donovan
Assadullah
Pencil on Paper
2005
11" x  8.5" 
Bacha Khan by William Donovan
Bacha Khan
Ink on Paper
2005
11" x  8.5" 

Artist Statement

  I made some of these drawings while I was deployed to Afghanistan in the National Guard.  I was in my final year of grad school when I was called up, and it was pretty hard on me, because up to that point I didn't take being a soldier that seriously.  I tried to keep some perspective on my situation by making this work.

 
  Jung called myths "psychological stories," which completely resonates with me. Outside of the inspiration of lived experience, I see art through the frames of tv, comic books, and fine art; all of which I was exposed to as kid in the mid 1980's, and have
been interested in since. My parents used to bring me to the Clark Art in Williamstown, Massachusetts to look at Degas, this was before I could walk. I could tell that art objects were important to my parents, and that artists were important people. I'm one specimen of humanity, and don't have the key, but I have to work with what I know. To be a little simple and silly, somehow Degas became conflated with the Smurfs, Jim Henson, and GI Joe, that is the myth I started with, have to use, and that other things grow out of; and it's my psychological story of what we are.

I was in the Army National Guard (I'm out now, honorable discharge Feb 21, 2008), and did a year long deployment in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, a combat zone, from May 2004 to May 2005. "If I die in a combat zone, box me up, and ship me home."

I also really enjoy drawing portraits, especially of my wonderful wife Laur.

Artist Bio / CV

William Donovan
New York
donovan.bill@gmail.com 
Educational Summary
M.F.A.     2006 Painting        University of Iowa, Iowa City IA
Professional Experience

current2007            Adjunct Drawing Instructor, Adelphi University, Garden City and Manhattan, NY 
Fellowships

2001 –  2003 University of Iowa Arts Fellowship
Exhibition Record
2011
Bitches Brew, Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Goodbye Space Shuttle, Active Space, Brooklyn, NY
From the Barn to the Apple, Herter Gallery, Curated by Trevor Richardson, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

2010
Mustang Saaaalllllly, TCBarts, Melbourne Australia
100 Records Project, Gallery 16, San Francisco CA
Bowl-O-Nuts, Artillery and Ammo Gallery, Los Angeles CA
Small Works, Transmission Gallery, Richmond VA
Friends of Ours, Artillery and Ammo Gallery, Los Angeles CA

2009
Paintallica - Bark Savages, Country Club Projects, Los Angeles CA
Human Side of War, United Theological Seminary, Minneapolis MN
Sketchbook Project, Art House Co-op Gallery, Brooklyn NY
One plus One’s a crowd (Uno más uno, multitud), Domestico, Madrid Spain
BIN Paintallica, Seed Collective, AVA Center, Chattanooga TN
2008
Jamie Boling and Bill Donovan, Transmission Gallery, Richmond VA
Paintallica, T:BA 08, PICA, Portland OR
Portraits, Hallway Bathroom Gallery, San Francisco CA
2007
The Word Made Fresh, Transmission Gallery, Richmond VA
2006
Paintallica, Western Exhibitions Gallery, Chicago, IL
MFA Thesis Show, University of Iowa Art Museum, I.C., IA
Bibliography
Skoglund, Sandy; “Texas National 2002,” Exhibition Catalog
Publications

Please see my website for a list of publications.
Visiting Artist/Lecturer
2010
Utilizing Unity for Success: The Artist Collective, Panelist, CUE Foundation, NY NY
2009
Emily Noelle Lambert's drawing class from Parsons, CUE Foundation, NY NY
Florida State College at Jacksonville
2007

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Websites
http://billdonovan.net

http://beautifuldecay.com/author/bill

Military Awards
2005        Combat Infantryman's Badge