Welcome

Thank you for visiting!

Here you’ll find paintings, drawings, prints and ceramics by Welsh artist James Donovan.

Born in Aberdare in 1974, James Donovan uses family, community, history and myth to make images with a sense of poignancy and escapism.

9 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Hi James,

    I’m course leader for a Foundation Course in Coleg Gwent Crosskeys Campus, I was wondering if you would be interested in coming to have a chat to me current students as I they would really be keen to hear a working life as an artist.

    Thanks

    Tania Bines
    Please email me

    • Hi Tania,
      I’d love to – the only restriction is that I also teach full time at Bishop Hedley in Merthyr, so would have to come during a half term, which is Oct 27-31. Let me know if this suits you.
      Best wishes, James

      • Hi,

        Ok thanks James for getting back to me, I will run this past my students and my head of school and I will get straight back to you.

        Thanks

        Tania ________________________________

  2. hello, I am a student at fitzalan high and I am currently researching you for my project. I am a bit curious on why you mostly use crowns, boats and the sea in your artwork. Would you please answer my question?

    • I use those things as symbols to tell a story. The crowns represent family history and heritage, the boats represent escapism, the need to float away from the day-to-day stuff. The ‘sea’ is actually a local lake or a reservoir that I spend time at.

      By the way, I taught your teacher everything she knows. Tell Miss Jones I said ‘Hi’ 😉

  3. Thanks for the reply and I find those facts very interesting and would try to use things that inspire me in my projects as well. I’ll tell her you said ‘hi’, thanks again.

  4. My friend in Carmarthen sent me a picture of your piece, Rain Dance. It led me to this page – I wanted you to know that I truly loved the piece and look forward to seeing more – Carole J Otero, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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