Michael Donovan

Michael Donovan is an image maker towing the line between art and commerce. His iconic images cut through the noise via their graphic nature. Donovan’s primary modalities are photography, video, and illustration.

Operating in the contentious boundary between fashion and art photography, Donovan´s work often challenges the notion of images à la sauvette. Drawing on his graphic design background, Donovan harnesses the potential of graphic manipulation in his portrayal of the human condition; images often heavily edited using techniques both cutting edge and arcane, from experimental montage to graffiti and assemblage. 

Combining the beautiful with the bizarre, the controlled with the chaotic, Donovan´s photography attempts to destabilise the highly polished images expected of today´s consumer culture through the use of the psychedelic, androgyny, comedy, eroticism, surrealism, fantasy, Pop Art, cinema, fetishism and historical nuance.

He runs the Walking Home Podcast about our weird dramedies within the zeitgeist of the three dimensional panopticon we all inhabit. The salon style show contains unedited conversations with teachers, explorers, researchers, and creators representing different aspects of culture and society.

Michael Donovan is currently based in Downtown Los Angeles, CA 

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