Born St. Andrews, O’Donnell is an award-winning Scottish painter currently working on the series, 'Surface Work'. She studied Drawing and Painting at the prestigious Edinburgh College of Art and went on to obtain a Masters in Contemporary European Fine. After 18 years of professional practice in Northern Norway, she now has her studios in Andalucia and Fife, Scotland.
O'Donnell makes paintings, drawings and frottage with a subtle minimalistic approach, the subject being the process of making it, inextricably linked to the concepts and actions of limitation, restriction and repetition. The work is systematic and meticulously planned works that resonate with surfaces created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal. Her works are notable for their perfect finish and tactile nature. This is of great importance and bears witness to her concern for craftsmanship. Her work has been exhibited worldwide and collected by such as The Scottish Office, North Norwegian Museum of Art and private collectors. Recent exhibitions include FAB2020 Contemporary Art Festival, with Outside The Form and Giornata del Contemporaneo, Associazione dei Musei d’Arte Contemporanea Italiani with Rossocinabro Contemporary Art, Rome. In 2021 she will show in the Over The Structures Exhibition, CICA, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art in Korea. In depth interviews can be read in contemporary art magazines, ART Habens Review, Reset Fine Art and Art Reveal Magazine.
Parallel with her own art practice O’Donnell is a curator and was the Director of the Gallery of Northern Norway, collaborating with the National Museum of Art in Oslo, curating and exhibiting work by Paul McCarthy, Norway 10 Designers and established international and emerging artists.
PROJECTS AND EXHIBITIONS
Over The Structures, CICA, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, Gyeonggi-do, Korea, 2021
The Creative Room, a.topos International Curatorial Collective, Venice, 2021
Trento Art Festival, Trentino, Italy, 2021
Realities in the Making, International Artists Exhibition, Rossocinabro Contemporary Art, Rome, 2021
The XIIIth Florence Biennale, Fortezza da Basso, Florence, Italy, 2021.
Giornata del Contemporaneo, Associazione dei Musei d’Arte Contemporanea Italiani with Rossocinabro Contemporary Art, Rome, 2020
Xxvii Biennal De Pintura Vila De Paterna 2020, Gran Teatre Antonio Fernandis, Valencia, Spain 2020
Il Tempo, Casa Cava, Matero, Italy, 2020
The Verona Art Prize, UFOFABRIK Contemporary Art Gallery, Moena, Italy, 2020
Textured, Envision Arts Gallery, International Group Show, 2020
LOST, Lacuna Festival De Arte Lanzarote and Festival De Arte Fuerteventura, Spain, 2020
Lost and Found Booth, Curator, Kim-Ling Morris, Lacuna Festival de Arte, Spain, 2020
Outside the Form. Curator: Anthoniy Val, FAB 2020, Fringe Arts Bath Contemporary Art Festival, 2020.
Colours, Grey Cube Gallery, International Online Gallery, 2020.
AFTNHS, Artists for the NHS, Covid19, Gallery Different, London, 2020.
Post, Curatorial Response to Covid 19, UK, 2020.
SELF Group Show, The Artists Pool, Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh, 2020..
Housekeeping!, Group Show, Jeannie Avent Gallery, London, 2020.
Black and White, Group Show. Pineapple Black Arts Gallery, Middlesborough, UK, 2019-2020.
Surface Work. Solo Show. Toro Spacio, Ronda, Spain, 2018.
BLOW. Collaboration with Claire Carswell MA(RCA), Toro Spacio, Ronda, Spain, 2018.
Surface Work Solo Show. Antigua Cine, Montejaque, Spain, 2017.
PUBLICATIONS 2020. LINKS
Artist Showcase with New Emergence Art, 2020.
Average Art 39, Surface Work 4, for Publication, October 2019.
Shortlisted for Xxvii Biennal De Pintura Vila De Paterna 2020.
Shortlisted Xxxiv Concurso De Pintura Sanvisens Y Pere Jou 2020.
Shortlisted for Xxiv Certamen De Pintura Indalecio Hernández Vallejo Xxiv, 2020.
Norwegian State Material Grant II, Oslo, Norway.
Nordnorsk Kulturråd Collection. Tromsø Kunstmuseum, Tromsø, Norway.
North Norwegian Museum of Art Collection.
Norwegian State Material Grant I, Oslo, Norway.
Commissioned for Harstad Kommune (Harstad District Council), Harstad, Norway.
Norwegian State Material Grant, Norway.
Awarded Cross Gates Gallery Award, Kentucky, USA and Mall Galleries, London.
Awarded Fiera del Levante Prize, ‘Artists in Puglia’ Exhibition. Bari, Italy.
Clifton College of Art Residency, Bristol.
Artepremio Giovani Fiera del Levante. Artists in Puglia, Bari, Italy.
Commissioned by Stephens Architects, Glamis; for Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, Rosyth, Scotland.
Commissioned by The Scottish Office; St. Andrew’s House Scottish Office HQ, Edinburgh.
EXECUTIVE BOARD POSITIONS
Chairman, Foundation Sierra de Libar, Spain. 2015 - present.
Board Member for Creative Development Project, Innovasjon Norge, Norway. 2013 - 2017.
Board Member, Sparebank1 Nord Norge (Savings Bank) Art Foundation, Norway, 2012 - 2016.
Board Member, Harstad Regional Chamber of Commerce, Norway. 2006 - 2009.
Board Member, Kunskapsparken Nord (Knowledge Park North), Norway. 2006 - 2008.
Board Member/Art Consultant/Curator, Bø i Vesterålen Hospital, Straumen, Norway, 2004 - 2006.
Board Member Nordnorske Billende Kunstnere (Professional Artists Union), Norway, 2001 - 2006.
Board Member, Festspillene I Nord-Norge (Festival of Arts), Norway, 2003 - 2008.
Member of Advisory Board, Festspillene I Nord-Norge (Festival of Arts), Norway, 2003 - 2006.
Curator ILIOS Festivalen (Anual Festival of Contemporary Music), Harstad, Norway, 2001.
PROFESSIONAL CURRICULUM VITAE
GALLERY DIRECTOR | CURATOR
Galleri NordNorge, Harstad, Norway
Sept 2012 - Aug 2017
FOUNDER AND CEO of A:RT GYMSAL A.S.
Nov 2004 - July 2016
In November 2004 I bought a Grade 1 Listed heritage military gymnasium to make as my studio. The building was almost 12 000 ft2 so decided to expand the project to include space for other artists. I built a two-storey glass construction inside the gym with 10 studios and showrooms, which I rented to artists, designers, architects and other creative practitioners. It was acclaimed as a unique creative and economic project built on generosity and synergy that occurs when creative people join to support and make opportunities for each other.
AWARDS FOR CREATING A:RT GYMSAL
HARSTAD PROFILERINGSPOOL. ‘Seire ved å dele-prisen’ (Success Through Sharing Prize) 2007
HARSTAD SPAREBANK KULTURPRIS (Harstad Bank Culture Prize) 2007
HARSTAD ROTARYKLUBB BYGGEPRIS (Rotary Club, Building Preservation Prize). 2011
COURSE DEVELOPER AND LECTURER FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Kunstrom 7 (Art Room 7) Trastad Samlinger, Norway | Sør-Troms Museum, Norway
Sept 2010 -Sept 2013
Kunstrom 7 was a collaboration between Trastad Samlinger (Trastad Collection, Art- and Cultural- Historical Museum), Rå Videregåendeskole (Rå Higher College of Education) and myself. We created a college equivalent foundation course in visual arts for students with special needs; three young teenage girls with Downs Syndrome and a young boy with Autism. The course provided adapted training for the development of skills in visual arts for these four students to prepare them for their future professional, artistic practice.
LECTURER /TUTOR IN DRAWING, PAINTING AND ART HISTORY
Nordland kunst- og filmfagskole, Kabelvåg, North Norway
Nov 1999- Jun 2006