Kaye Donachie

Press release

Peres Projects is very pleased to present London based painter Kaye Donachie in her first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. The exhibition will include ten new oil paintings.


Kaye Donachie explores her interests in rituals, legends, faith, hope, charity, salvation, and various misunderstood ideals in her small scale oil paintings.

Donachie’s works outline a kind of “history of mentality” that begins in the present and moves through the 1960s and 1970s back to the archetypal runners of romanticism. Beneath painterly sfumato we think we can make out yellowed photographs, while the blinding aura of the bright light recalls the early modern stamp of the late J.M.W. Turner. The ethos and pathos of the figures, in turn, seems to pick up the thread of the romantic transfiguration that the mid-nineteenth century Pre-Raphelite Brotherhood sought in the past. The imponderability of such historical references is one of the essential motives of Kaye Donachie’s painting. And it recurs in her subjects as soon as one tries to assign the artist’s idea worlds to a specific place and time.


Ralf Christofori, catalog essay, “Ideal Worlds: New Romanticism in Contemporary Art”, published by Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (Germany).


Kaye Donachie's exhibition will be on view at Peres Projects, Los Angeles (969 Chung King Road, Los Angeles, CA 90012) through June 25, 2005. Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, from 12:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M and by appointment.