Rocket Man by a Sky Rocketing Woman

There has been a real buzz around artist Van Donna in the last 3 years. 

Culminating with a recent commission by Sir Elton John, who added a gorgeous painting on 2 canvases to his personal collection last week, just in time to celebrate his imminent ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ World Tour, Van Donna’s meteoric rise seems unstoppable. 

‘Rocket Man’ (Original Diptych: Stencil and Spray Paint on 2 Canvases. This artwork is inspired by Banksy’s ‘Flower Chucker’ and by Van Donna’s own ‘Everybody Needs Somebody To Love’).

From her début at Walton Fine Arts in mid 2015 so many things have happened for this amazing artist.

Showing great signs right from the beginning (her very first painting was sold on day one in less than an hour from arriving at the gallery) she has been amassing success after success, and with good reason.

Starting off as a pop artist with a penchant for the pointillist technique (her name is a verbal mash-up of Van Gogh and Madonna, her personal heroes and inspiration) , Van Donna’s earlier works were a smash. Deceptively simple at first look, these paintings are painstakingly made and highly dependable on an impeccable execution and flawless taste in the colour palette choice.

All You Need is Love (Original Painting: Acrylic and Spray Paint on Canvas). An example of an early Van Donna work, showcasing the pointillist technique in a pop art context.

But the best was yet to come, and coincided with the artist stepping out of her comfort zone and starting to experiment with different techniques and styles.

The first product of this new line of works was a painting that more than any other is immediately recognizable and will be synonymous with the name Van Donna in years to come.

Borrowing the simple stencil & spray paint graffiti technique she delivered what would become her most recognized, loved and acclaimed artwork. A diptych (technical definition for an artwork painted on 2 panels, canvases in our case) called ‘Everybody Needs Somebody To Love’.

From the technical standpoint and for its layout and colour choice, the artwork closely resembles the famous “Girl With the Balloon” by Banksy.

However, what sets it apart is its hopeful message. Where Banksy’s is a cute but wistful picture of lost love, Van Donna’s is about carrying love through life, and beyond.

The two silhouettes seem to be walking into the white – suggesting a bond that transcends the limitations of human existence and continues into infinity.

Its layers of meanings make an apparently simple work very powerful, along with its simple clean cut style and undeniable beauty.

The same year this painting sold at a Christie’s auction in London, in support of the Terrence Higgins Trust exceeding its  guide price.

‘Everybody Needs Somebody To Love’ (Original Painting: Stencil & Spray Paint on 2 Canvases) at Christie’s St.James’s, London)  

Getting more and more press attention and collectors from all around the globe her works have been included in reputable museums such as the Fabergé in St. Petersburg and the Freud Museum in London.

With celebrity collectors and fans such as HRH Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Sir Elton John and Ringo Starr in conjunction with international exclusive sell-out shows in NYC, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, London Maddox Club, her success seems to be unstoppable.

‘All You Need Is Love’ (Limited Edition Fine Art Print, Signed & Numbered). Ringo Starr puts his stamp of approval on Van Donna at Walton Fine Arts.

Van Donna has so far enjoyed massive press coverage by People, Architectural Digest, Vogue, Grazia, Daily Mail, Cosmopolitan, Insider, Refinery 29, Harper’s Bazaar, Express, Hello!, Mirror, Glamour, Metro, Conde Nast Traveler, Artnet, Yahoo!, IBT, OK!, 9 Honey, Pop Sugar, MSN, 93.7FM, Female First, Whimn, Kiis 101.1, Daily Star, Brides, Bustle and the list goes on!

‘Moods’ (Set of 12 Fine Art prints on Archival Paper, Ltd. Ed. of 25, Signed & Numbered). On display at the Manzil Downtown hotel in Dubai for a special show.

Van Donna’s ‘Rocket Man’ is now available as a print in 3 sizes at a special launch price exclusively to our VIP customers.

Van Donna ‘Rocket Man’

Set of 2 Fine Art Prints on 308gsm Archival paper.
Limited Edition of 25 ONLY.
Pencil Signed & Numbered by the Artist.
Unframed.

The set of 2 is available in 3 sizes:

21 x 21 cm | 8.3″ x 8.3″     LAUNCH PRICE: £299
32 x 32cm | 12.6 ” x 12.6″ LAUNCH PRICE: £499
50 x 50cm | 19.7 ” x 19.7″ LAUNCH PRICE: £599