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Art Donovan
Southampton New York
Artist. Designer. Curator
Interests: Illuminated stuff. Science, History, Film, Music. Company: Donovan Design, Southampton, New York.
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"Astronomea" 2018 Delivered. A very special design commission done for the Project Director of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope. A "white glove" delivery, in fact. The first lamp in 28 years of my design business that I simply could not trust to survive the ravages of FedEx. This "lamp" took... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2018 at The Steampunk Curator
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As a freelance museum exhibition curator, my projects walk a fine line between Theme Exhibition and High Concept. I don't prefer one approach over the other. I believe there's a sweet spot between the two exhibition concepts, both popular and academic, that not only serve the attending public better, but... Continue reading
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"ODD BEAUTY" THE TECHNO-ECCENTRIC WORLD OF STEAMPUNK OPENING DATE: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23. Southampton Arts Center 25 Jobs Lane Southampton, NY Artist Reception/ 5 to 7pm Continuous through November 12, 2017 'Flying Duck Boat' by Sam van Olffen Continue reading
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The Steampunk Art Exhibition of the Year! Southampton Arts Center 25 Jobs Lane Southampton Village, New York Sept 22 through Nov 12, 2017 Curated by Art Donovan Continue reading
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It's not all about Steampunk and Industrial Lighting.design. My deep background in mid-century design is something that I carry throughout my design process. My First Love... Bauhaus! All lamps here use ebonized white oak, walnut, maple, clear cedar and brass. Strong Bauhaus influence in a classic mid-century color pallet of... Continue reading
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The glowing, hand painted full moon is back painted onto the deep convex dome. Stag head is cast in resin. Marine grade mahogany plywood back plate shown here in a deep gray outdoor finish. Available in any desired color/finish. 20" in diameter x 25" tall. Uses (2) 8 watt 3000k... Continue reading
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A Futuristic 'Steampunk' Pendant Lamp Inspired by The James Webb Space Telescope designed + built by Art Donovan. Donovan Design. NY This commission involved creating unusual lamp designs for a truly spectacular new wine cellar in historic River Hills, Wisconsin. The owner is an enthusiastic connoisseur of wine, food, art,... Continue reading
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Our website design has been updated and now fully compatible for phone and tablets. Custom lighting and lamps for all residential and commercial/contract applications. (Shown here: "The Caravan" Wall Lamp. 32" tall with 24" silk tassel. Entirely hand made in NY by Art Donovan) Thanks for looking! http://donovandesign.com Continue reading
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"Hello, Cubed" 2015 After spending 40 years as a full time, professional artist, I’ll be the first to admit that my early background and disciplines hold sway over everything I create- be it sculpture, lighting design and very recently, returning to painting. My new series of paintings are influenced not... Continue reading
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We're very proud to introduce our new line of hand made lighting. You can view the collection here Visit our site: donovandesign.com Continue reading
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Entirely hand made with an adjustable arm and rotary dimmer on the mahogany base. The metal arc or "quadrant" is inspired by a number of objects: First, the Mariners' Quadrant used for nautical navigation, but is also used as a Masonic Emblem signifying a Past Master of a Masonic Lodge.... Continue reading
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Designed and built by Art Donovan, This desk clock features antique industrial elements along with a paired down, art deco sensibilty. Made of stained mahogany, brass and plain steel, the clock has custom made brass hands: The Hour Hand represents an eclipsed Sun and the Minute Hand, a smaller Full... Continue reading
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Designed and hand made by Art Donovan. Brass, Frosted Glass, Hand painted, polycarbonate Moon. The Twin Disks suggest a Saturn-Like effect. A perfect addition to library desk or academician's study. Continue reading
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Steampunk Weather Station. Three points of incandescent light with three weather gauges. Solid brass, mahogany, bronze, glass with a modded globe bulb and bronze mesh. Designed and handmade by Art Donovan Continue reading
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In the full time business of design for 38 years- all in- it becomes necessary to update or change the company logo every now and again. Sometimes the design can be "evolutionary"-keeping the original elements and gently altering the proportions so that the logo looks fresher but is still identifiable... Continue reading
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Since "The Raven's Chamber" was a custom commission, I had the opportunity to include many details and secrets into the design just for the client's eyes only. Many sources of inspiration here- from gothic to antique astronomy. Made of solid mahogany, polar and walnut, glass, iron, plaster, polycarbonate, steel and... Continue reading
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It is my greatest honor to be the exhibition supervisor for Asia's very first museum showing of Steampunk art and design. The exhibition titled, "Steampunk. The Art of Victorian Futurism" opened to national fanfare at the Hangaram Design Museum in Seoul's massive cultural complex called the Seoul Art Center IDA... Continue reading
The past thirty-odd years of the decorative and industrial arts have seen a tyranny of modernism. During these years there was scant interest in classical, ornate design elements. This contemporary minimalism, identified by the overused mantra of "clean, crisp design", had reigned unchallenged and nary an antique decorative flourish or... Continue reading