ContributorMichaelDonovan

Michael Donovan

Born in Spokane, Washington in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, photographer and multimedia artist Michael Donovan currently lives and works in New York City. Deliberately operating in the contentious boundary between fashion and art photography, Donovan´s work regularly appears in leading independent magazines around the world; titles including Wonderland, Vision China, Smug, Bullett, Nylon and Galore.
Often challenging the notion of images à la sauvette, Donovan deliberately imposes his aesthetic intention on reality whilst drawing inspiration from a writers as diverse as Socrates, Ram Dass, Timothy Leary, Osho and Charles Manson; influences much in evidence in his more psychedelic work. Drawing on his graphic design background, Donovan harnesses the potential of graphic manipulation in his portrayal of the human condition; images often heavily edited using techniques both cutting edge and arcane, from experimental montage to graffiti and assemblage.Combining the beautiful with the bizarre, the controlled with the chaotic, Donovan´s photography attempts to destabilise the highly polished images expected of today´s consumer culture through the use of the psychedelic, androgyny, comedy, eroticism, surrealism, fantasy, Pop Art, cinema, fetishism and historical nuance.

Often challenging the notion of images à la sauvette, Donovan deliberately imposes his aesthetic intention on reality whilst drawing inspiration from a writers as diverse as Socrates, Ram Dass, Timothy Leary, Osho and Charles Manson; influences much in evidence in his more psychedelic work. Drawing on his graphic design background, Donovan harnesses the potential of graphic manipulation in his portrayal of the human condition; images often heavily edited using techniques both cutting edge and arcane, from experimental montage to graffiti and assemblage.
Combining the beautiful with the bizarre, the controlled with the chaotic, Donovan´s photography attempts to destabilise the highly polished images expected of today´s consumer culture through the use of the psychedelic, androgyny, comedy, eroticism, surrealism, fantasy, Pop Art, cinema, fetishism and historical nuance.
- Nicolas McLean, Life is Carbon