Ethereal, enchanting, challenging and refined, Michele Oka Doner has been described as “nature’s scribe” by the curator Barbara Bloemink. A designer, a sculptor and an artist, Michele Oka Doner has stood at the cutting edge of contemporary applied arts for over four decades.
David Gill Gallery is delighted to announce a solo exhibition of the work of this most ingenious of artists. Michele Oka Doner’s work moves between the organic and the space-age, the dramatic and the sensual. The grand-dame of sculptural metal, writer and curator Suzanne Ramljak called Oka Doner: “the sculptural interpreter of nature’s vast lexicon.”
“I have always believed that our daily lives should be approached with grace and ceremony.” Michele Oka Doner.
With a very loyal following in America, Oka Doner’s work is certainly multi-disciplined - from the architectural and the sculptural to the theatrical; she has also worked with fashion and accessories and across multi-media projects - in 2011, her video installation ‘A Walk On The Beach’ was shown as part of Art Basel Miami. Michele Oka Doner has won multiple awards including The Award for Excellence from The United Nations Society of Writers and Artists and The Legends Award, Pratt Institute. Oka Doner’s work, ‘A Walk On The Beach’ at Miami International Airport has been heralded as one of the “8 Wonders of Miami.” Her architectural work ‘Radiant Site’ at New York’s Herald Square subway brings a sense of richness and tranquillity to this most urban of spaces – a transport hub.
Oka Doner’s work sits within the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Smithsonian Institution, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, V&A Museum, London, Centre Pompidou Library, Paris and La Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the Louvre, Paris.
Of her work, art critic Gregory Volk said: “...sculptures that resemble plants, plants that resemble sculptures, rock shards that look human, bronze or wax forms that that look to be growing, fossils that look magical, and bodies that look vegetal.”
Michele Oka Doner will show past work alongside new pieces: furniture and sculpture, bowls and vases, candelabras and accessories in cast and gilded bronze, cast silver and mouth-blown and etched glass. The London show will drive a new chapter in Michele’s career. A maven of style, demeanour, intellect and serenity, Michele Oka Doner has been termed the ultimate ‘philosopher of metal.’