Van Donna is an exciting up and coming artist mixing pointillism and pop art in a unique colourful blend.
She has been experimenting with different techniques, including cutting edge graffiti-style spray painted stencils whilst always keeping an eye on the aesthetic values of modern art and a precise focus on the technique as a means of expression and not vice-versa.
Her name is a tribute to her main influences: Van Gogh and Madonna.
An active philanthropist, Van Donna was recently selected to donate an original artwork auctioned and sold at the Terrence Higgins Trust annual Auction hosted at Christie’s, London.
Counting celebrity fans like Ringo Starr, and having her art exhibited at the Faberge Museum of St. Petersburg we can already foresee big things happening for this up and coming artist.
“Being a woman is not always easy. Being a mother, a wife and having a busy full-on career can be a daunting task. For most of my life as a young woman, I had been constantly shuffling around trying make ends meet: be there for my family and being successful at work.
But it all came at a price, a very high one. One day I awakened to the realization that I had no time at all for myself: by constantly playing different roles, I had lost touch with the person I am.
There was no space left for me to explore my feelings, needs, ideas and to express myself within the constraints of a hectic life. So I started to reorganize my priorities and to cut more space for myself, trying to get in touch with that beautiful person I thought I’d lost.”
“Art is where I found my own space. When I paint I am in a different place, somewhere I call “the zone”. It is a very special one where time doesn’t exist and I am free to manifest my emotions and thoughts in harmony.
I chose Pointillism as my technique of choice. The mechanical repetitive gestures have a mantra-like quality that helps me balance my thoughts and be present to myself in the here and now. It is also a tribute to my main influences: Van Gogh and Paul Signac.
My paintings are an expression of the world within me and of the things I love. It is a world full of colours, hope and beauty.”