donna abbate

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I play the mad scientist with art. A surrealist at heart, I juxtapose forms based on nature-known and unknown, microscopic and macroscopic. My artwork is an orchestration of chaos: colors, shapes, plants, landscapes, animals, figures, collected and layered into a two dimensional spirit. Like a spirit, each piece has a sense of self. Whether a stately portrait, a dreamlike landscape or a study of flora, the images are infused with a vital force that challenges the veil of reality. These illustrations become, for me, a way to celebrate the mysterious and fantastic elements of our planet, asking the viewer to look again at their surroundings and contemplate the way things could be if there were no limits on our natural world.

2015 & 2016, Juried Group Show, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles California

"Botanica, All Things Life"
Juried Group Show, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, California

"Brand 20"
2013 & 2015 Juried Group Show, Brand Library and Art Galleries, Glendale California

"Temporal and Sublime"
Juried Group Show, DAC Gallery, Los Angeles, California

"The Dancer and The Dance"
Featured Artist, The Eclectic Cactus Gallery, Eagle Rock California

"Gateway to the Imagination"
Juried Group Show, Farmington Museum, Farmington, New Mexico

"Americas 2012: Paperworks Exhibition"
Juried Group Show, Minot State University, Northwest Art Center, Minot, North Dakota

"The Blanche Ames National Juried Art Exhibition 2011"
Juried Group Show, Blanche Ames Estate, Borderland State Park, Sharon Massachusetts

"Paperworks 2011"
Juried Group Show, B.J. Spoke Gallery, Huntington, New York

"Art at the X, 2011"
Juried Group Show, Xavier University Gallery, Cincinnati Ohio

Juried Group Show, Governor's State University, Visual Arts Gallery,
University Park, Illinois

"Drawing Resurfaced"
Juried Group Show, Purdue University Galleries, West Lafayette, Indiana

Group Show, Studio 5216, Hollywood, California

"Spring Obsession"
Juried Group Show, Ironstone Vineyards and Gallery, Murphys, California

"Art Institute and Gallery 20th Annual National Exhibition"
Juried Group Show, Salisbury Maryland

"Mix it Up"
Juried Group Show, Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz California

"Night of 100 Angels"
Group Show, The Whelan Galleries, Laguna Beach California

"28th Annual International Juried Art Show"
Roswell Fine Arts League, New Mexico Miniature Arts Society, Roswell New Mexico

Group Show, Studio 5216, Hollywood, California

Juried Group Show, Bakersfield Museum of Art, Visual Arts Festival, Bakersfield California

"13 by 13"
Juried Group Show, DAC Gallery, Los Angeles, California

"International Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper"
Group Show, 12 12 Gallery, Richmond Virginia

"Saints & Cyclones"
Megan Diamond Studio Gallery, Santa Fe New Mexico

"Ladies of the Night; dream works of contemporary women artists"
Group Show, Guadalupe Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico

"The Descent Project"
Group Show, The UFO Museum, Portland Oregon

The Kingston Gallery, Boston Massachusetts

"Seventeen Angels"
Off the Wall Gallery, Cambridge Massachusetts

"Zine" by Pagan Kennedy, Saint Martin's Griffin Publisher, 1995

Bonese Collins Turner Donor Award, "Brand 40 Works on Paper: Entrances &
Exits", Brand Library and Art Center, Glendale California, 2011

Editor's Choice Award, "Artist Portfolio Magazine", 2nd
Annual Cover Art Contest, 2011

Award of Distinction, "28th Annual International Juried Art Show" Roswell Fine Arts
League, New Mexico Miniature Arts Society, 2011

I am a native of New York and in Brooklyn graduated from Pratt Institute with a degree in Fine Arts. Since that time I have been a multimedia artist working in various cities including Boston Massachusetts, Santa Fe New Mexico, and I presently reside in Los Angeles, California.

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