Born in St. Andrews, O’Donnell is an award-winning Scottish painter currently working on the series of paintings and frottage, 'SURFACE WORK 2017-2022'. After 18 years of professional practice in Northern Norway, she now has her studios in Spain and Scotland.
O'Donnell makes work 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. 'Systematic and meticulously planned works 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. Works are in major collections including The Scottish Office, North Norwegian Museum of Art, and The Norwegian Arts Council Collection. Recent exhibitions include a.topos International Curatorial Collective, Venice and 'Artist Stories’ with The COCA Project 2021. In-depth articles and interviews are featured in contemporary art magazines including, ART Habens Review and Art Reveal Contemporary Art.
With a Masters in Contemporary European Fine Art, she is an accomplished lecturer and curator, and parallel with her own art practice, spent five years as Director of Galleri NordNorge, the Gallery of Northern Norway, collaborating with museums and galleries such as the National Museum of Art in Oslo, showing work by Paul McCarthy, Norway 10 Designers and established international artists, while providing a platform to emerging. She has many years of experience on the boards of industrial, commercial and creative organizations such as NNBK (North Norwegian Artists’ Union), Innovasjon Norge's Creative Development Project, and the Foundation of Sierra de Libar in Spain. Sitting on collection committees of Sparebank1 NN Art Foundation and art consultant for KORO, Norway's department of art acquisitions, she has had the honour to commission artwork and contribute to advancing the careers of Norwegian artists.
PROJECTS AND EXHIBITIONS (2017-2021)
Fundación Pedro Cano de Blanca, Blanca, Spain, 2022
50 Concurso Internacional de Pintura Villa de Fuente Álamo, Murcia, Spain, 2022
VII Concurso de Artes Plásticas Dcoop (Sociedad Cooperativa Andaluza), Antequera, Spain, 2022
Brussels Art Exhibition, Belgium with Monat Gallery, Madrid, 2021
Contemporary British Painting | Exhibition, 2021
Round Lemon Art Collective Artist Talk | Roanne O’Donnell | 2021
COCA Project 2021, 'Artist Stories', COCA | Center Of Contemporary Artists, Rome, 2021
The Creative Room, a.topos International Curatorial Collective, Palazzo Dona Brusa, Venice, 2021
The Enduring Legend of Experience, UFOFABRIK Contemporary Art Gallery at Madrid International Art Fair, 2021
VIII Internacional Museo Virtual Mundoarte, 2021
Trento Art Festival, Trentino, Italy, 2021
Realities in the Making, International Artists Exhibition, Rossocinabro Contemporary Art, Rome, 2021
Xxiv Certamen De Pintura Indalecio Hernández Vallejo Xxiv, Valencia de Alcántara, Cáceres, Spain, 2020
Giornata del Contemporaneo, Associazione dei Musei d’Arte Contemporanea Italiani with Rossocinabro, 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
Xxxiv Concurso De Pintura Sanvisens Y Pere Jou, Sitges, Spain, 2020
Textured, Envision Arts Gallery, International online 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, FAB 2020, Fringe Arts Bath Contemporary Art Festival, Bath, UK, 2020
Colours, Grey Cube Gallery, International Online Gallery, 2020
AFTNHS, Artists for the NHS, Covid19, Gallery Different, London, 2020
Supporting The Arts 2021. online exhibition, UK, 2021
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
PUBLICATIONS 2020. LINKS
The Huts Magazine, Issue 4. 'Unveil', 2022
RESET// Contemporary Art Platform, UK, Interview and featured article, April 2020
Artist Showcase with New Emergence Art, 2020
Average Art 39, Surface Work 4, for Publication, October 2019
a.topos International Curatorial Collective, Venice, Italy.
Artcast, Los Angeles, USA.
UFOFABRIK Contemporary Art Gallery, Moena, Italy.
Shortlisted for VI Certamen Internacional de Pintura “Manuel Ángeles Ortiz” de la Universidad de Jaén, Spain, 2021
Shortlisted for Xxvii Biennal De Pintura Vila De Paterna 2021
Shortlisted for XX Concurso Nacional de Pintura Villa de Sotillo, 2021
Shortlisted Xxxiv Concurso De Pintura Sanvisens Y Pere Jou 2020
Shortlisted for Xxiv Certamen De Pintura Indalecio Hernández Vallejo Xxiv, 2020
Norwegian State Stipend for Professional Artists, Norsk kulturråd Arts Council Norway
Nordnorsk Kulturråd Collection. Tromsø Kunstmuseum, Tromsø, Norway
Norwegian State Material Award, Norsk kulturråd Arts Council Norway Oslo, Norway
Commissioned for Harstad Kommune Art Collection (Harstad District Council), Norway
Awarded Cross Gates Gallery Award, Kentucky, USA and Mall Galleries, London
Awarded Fiera del Levante Prize, ‘Artists in Puglia’ Exhibition. 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
MEMBERSHIP PROFESSIONAL ART ORGANISATIONS
Solo Show. Sør Troms Museum, Trondeness, Harstad, Norway.
Reflections. Solo Show, A:rt Gymsal, Harstad, Norway.
Horizontal Works. Solo Show, Ateliér Lofoten Gallery, Svolvær, Norway.
Horizontal Works. Solo Show, Galleri Nordaførr, Norway.
Harstad Kommune (Harstad District Council), Harstad, Norway.
Horizontal. Solo Show, Galleri NordNorge, Gallery of Northern Norway, Harstad, Norway.
Furness/Moen/O’Donnell/Skotnes. Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø, Norway.
Den 7. Tromsutstillinga (7. Troms Region Art Exhibition), Tromsø, Norway.
Transatlantic Connections, Society Of Scottish Artists, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.
Solo Show, Southampton University, Faculty of Arts Dept., Southampton.
Cheltenham and Gloucester Drawing Show, Berlin | Hull.
Group Show, Can Felipa, Barcelona, Spain.
Art on the Rock, Stirling Castle, Stirling.
Celtic Conexion. Euskal Extea, Centre Cultural, Barcelona, Spain.
British Workhouse Gallery, Dallas, Texas, USA.
Scottish Contemporary Painters and Printmakers Exhibition, Edinburgh.
Beatrice Royal Contemporary Art Gallery, Southampton.
Grandisca. Group show, Museo Nuova Era, Bari and La Spezia, Italy.
Scottish Painters Group Show. Frontiers Gallery, Edinburgh.
Incontri d’Arte. Group Show, Guild Gallery, Bristol.
New Works. Solo Show. Galleria Panorama, Barcelona, Spain.
New Works in Architecture. Solo Show. Cloister Gallery, Bristol.
Artist-in-Residence, Clifton College, Bristol.
Doric Work. Solo Show, Studio Gallery, Edinburgh.
Solo Show. Loretto Gallery, Musselburgh, Scotland.
New Works. Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (R.I.A.S.), Edinburgh.
Facade. Solo Show, Hillside Gallery, Edinburgh.
Incontri D’Arte. Group Show, Bari, Italy.
New Generation Show. Mercury Gallery. London.
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