Artist Spotlight: Johannah O’Donnell

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Artist Spotlight on Florida-based pop artist Johannah O’Donnell.

by Daniel Barron



For some, rock ‘n’ roll is a phase or rite of passage. For others, it’s a religion, an outfit for all occasions. Johannah O’Donnell’s acid-washed visions of feral creatures, tattooed Valkyries, and colors that play it LOUD are a testament to the latter. The Florida native graduated Ringling College of Art and Design with a degree in Fine Art and is currently a full-time painter/art instructor. She has exhibited work around the country, including a solo show at NYC’s Bold Hype Gallery in and a two-person show with Rebecca Rose (Sculpturings) at the Gauntlet Gallery in San Fransisco.

Says her bio:

Influenced by the American Pop Art movement, Spanish Surrealism, and Sci-Fi/Fantasy Art, Johannah O’Donnell’s paintings use natural and figurative symbolism to comment on the ever-evolving human condition.


O’Donnell also specializes in renderings of felines. One of her paintings is on the cover of meme cat Lil Bub’s album, Science & Magic, and her work is also featured in Lil Bub’s Lil Book. Cute cats might seem antithetical to a hardcore image but I once witnessed one break a squirrel’s neck and then tear it’s guts out and it was pretty much the most metal thing I’ve ever seen.


“Magic Origins”




“Asian Lion”


“Elegy to the Soviet Union No.1”


“Elegy to the Soviet Union No. 2”


“Elegy to the Soviet Union No. 3”















“Reality Bites”


“Lunar BUB”


“Solar BUB”


“That Old Black Magick”


Learn more about Johannah O’Donnell on her website.

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Rudderless college graduate Daniel Barron founded Yay! LA Magazine on a love of writing, passion for the arts, and a firm belief that people really like talking about themselves. He contributed to a number of publications, including LA Music Blog and the defunct The Site Unscene, before deciding to cover arts and entertainment the way he wanted to read it. He works as a freelance writer and digital PR consultant in his current home of Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter at @YayDanielBarron.

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