Over a year ago I met artist Lucy O’Donovan as the art group she had started in the West End of Glasgow where she lives ,met. I was very impressed by the emotional intensity of Lucy’s painting. Lucy’s work is very much about humans, portrait, body, and seizing the vulnerability of human flesh she achieves through minute precision and tiny detail. Early this year (2013) she exhibited her work in the Agora Gallery in New York. As I got in touch with Lucy recently with the proposal of doing portraits of her as an artist in her environment, she kindly agreed for a photographic session in her home.
Lucy O’Donovan has been influenced in her paintings by the work of Jenny Saville, Lucian Freud, Alyssa Monks and Francis Bacon. In 2008 she was living with her husband in Australia where she was working in field of neuroscience when she had a traumatic brain injury which let her several weeks unconscious.
We did the photographs on a very autumnal rainy and dark light, something which would have been impossible technically without digital media only a few years back without adding artificial lighting.