Sunday, June 21, 2015

New Paintings. Martime Flags. Dimensional works.

2015. Now showing at Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton, NY.

My new paintings. Maritime flags rendered in maple, poplar and Flashe. 
22" square x 5" deep each panel. Playing with the negative and positive graphic elements of each flag in softened primaries.

Each flag has two meanings, recognized internationally: 
The NATO alphabet- "Alpha through through Zulu." 
If flown alone from a vessel, each flag has a specific phrase or meaning. 
(Hence the titles of each).

Clockwise form upper left:
"Stop Instantly, Lima"
"Yes, Charlie"
"Don't Pass Ahead, Romeo "

Thursday, April 4, 2013

anygo lights


"Anygo Lights" Spun filament fiberglass in stark opaque black and white. 

Premiered at the ICFF, May, 1995. (yes,1995:)  By Art Donovan

Friday, March 29, 2013

Saturday, March 23, 2013

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Monday, March 7, 2011

The "Sun King"

Our newest wall lamp. Brass leaves surround the hand made resin lens which glows in tones of amber and honey. Hand Made by Art Donovan in a very limited edition. 12" in diameter with a 4" projection and uses 40 watts.

Friday, October 8, 2010

glowing halo around the sun and a burnished, bronze crescent moon float atop the world's thinnest table lamp. 1/8" thick stainless steel posts in black with a brass and mahogany base plate and continuous dimmer.

The design hints at something astronomical and possibly antique but with a minimalist twist. About 25" tall and 22" wide. Designed and hand made by Art Donovan in an extremely limited quantity. Email us for details or through the 'comments' section.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

"La Luna" Wall Torchiere

La Luna "If Galileo had electricity, I would like to believe he'd have two of these in his observatory." Art Donovan

When I was lecturing at the Oxford University Museum of the History of Science, I couldn't help but absorb the influence of antiquity. This collection of one of kind designs is the result, but we feel that 'La Luna' would be truly miraculous in a thoroughly modern setting.

This pair of hand made, one-of-a-kind wall lamps feature hand painted lampshades that glow in natural tones of a full moon at rising. The posts of the lamps are solid bronze and cast acrylic with the overall height of the lamps being 33". The lamp shade is 13" in diameter and 5" deep with the sides of the shade painted in what we call, "Museum Blue" (textured, translucent tones of burnt umber and phthalo blue). Each of the two Rococo lamp bases are mirror images of each other with slight variations. Signed and Dated by Art Donovan. More views are available by request. (back to our collection)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

'Parish Carriage' Wall Lanterns

Click on Photo for Close Up. These lamps were featured at the world's first Steampunk Art exhibition at the Museum of the History of Science, University of Oxford, UK. Each of the three separate styles has a duplicate lamp. These are one of a kinds created in glass, mahogany and brass. Designed and crafted- Signed and Dated by Art Donovan. Link here for full descriptions.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

"Lunar Mandala" Outdoor Illuminated Full Moon and Antique Clock

I created the Lunar Mandala at the request of my wife, Leslie. It is an updated Steampunk adaptation of the antique convex mirrors from the American Colonial era.

Very important- the deeply textured rust finish guarantees that it will appear natural in an outdoor environment. Also, since it is hung between the two (moving) oak trees, it was tricky to mount . At night the full moon softly glows as does the antique clock face that I designed. The clock glows by ultra violet light from within in tones of orange, purple, green and old parchment. 36" tall x 18" deep. Signed and Dated. One of a Kind. There are some additional photos here.

Thursday, May 13, 2010


Since I work with so many materials, I've been asked what kind of tools I use. Actually I use only what's absolutely necessary. Of course I have fancy power tools in the studio, but these shown here are used on every piece I've ever done for the past 20 years.
Regards to all! Art

Monday, May 10, 2010

Pair: Oxford Station Wall Lamps in Acid Washed Oak

Only two wall lamps produced in this special finish. Our Oxford Station Wall Lamps - in gray, acid washed oak, hand blown glass and pale iridescent bronze details. View the details here.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Lampes flamme d'une bougie

A Little Something that no one has ever seen before:
A moving candle flame enveloped in a glass globe.

The combination of these two impossible components are quite charming when viewed. Of course, it's only a very convincing illusion. These unique electric bulbs simulate the color and actual physical movement of a burning candle flame. We have used these bulbs in our designs for the past 13 years, but we find this 'globe and flame' combination to be one of the most surprising usages. Natural aged brass and antique barnwood (late 1700's) are our signature materials- creating an image that is simultaneously contemporary and ancient. Only one pair was created in this style. Ultra low-wattage candle bulbs included. Designed, built, signed and dated by Art Donovan. Numbered #1/2 and #2/2.

The only thing you need to resist is the urge to blow out the candles when you leave the house.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

"The Ferryman" Reading + Research Lamp.

Captain Nemo had a tremendous library on board his vessel, the "Nautilus".
What the good Captain didn't have was a proper reading lamp.

Click here to read the full story of this new work. Thanks for looking!


A pair of very new wall lamp designs- One-of-a-Kind pieces. The lampshade ( the mosque dome configuration, of which I have been thoroughly obsessed for years) is hand-carved mahogany (ebonized) with a pure white spun filament diffuser on the face and sides. The translucent Lucite diffuser on the bottom veils the light source. The lamp body is made of solid brass with a satin finish. The over-sized, handmade silk tassel is 22" long with antique gold details. Overall length is 34" and 11.25" at it's widest point. Designed, hand made, signed and dated by Art Donovan. (more views are available by request)

The Shiva Mandala. Featured at the Steampunk Art Exhibition at the Museum of the History of Science, The University of Oxford, UK with the center portion duplicating an ancient Persian Astrolabe by Muhammad Ibn Ali Bakr. Solid Mahogany, Solid Brass, Glass, Plaster, Acrylic, Polycarbonate, UV and Incandescent Lamps, Clockworks, Electric Motors and LED Lights. Designed, Hand Made, Hand Painted and Constructed by Art Donovan. Signed and Dated. 6' tall x 6' wide x 18"deep. Read more....