Thomas O'Donnell, Child Portrait Sketch - Contemporary pen & ink drawing


An original contemporary pen & ink drawing, Thomas O'Donnell Child Portrait Sketch.

An expressive pen and ink sketch of a head of a child, with orange and blue watercolour accents, under a freely drawn banner that reads 'EANGLA 1451'.  Verso there is another pen and ink drawing of a figure in a landscape near a castle. 

Monogrammed lower centre. 
In good condition. Watercolour bleed through visible as shown and verso.
14cm x 8.6cm.

This work is one of a collection of delicate ink and watercolour sketches we have for sale by the artist Thomas O’Donnell, combining Classical and Old Master beauty with modern day abstraction, colour and creativity. O’Donnell’s source of inspiration is certainly of the old guard; the drawings bear a marked similarity in colour, figure type and method to works by Dutch and Flemish Old Masters – namely those of Rembrandt, Rubens and the Golden Age landscape painters such as Van Ruisdael and Cuyp. Not to limit his love for the art historical tradition to the Netherlands, however, O’Donnell also includes sketches after Chinese figures, Regency gentleman and Classical statuary, all with his signature modernist fluidity. Given the small nature of these works, and their quick handed method of production, it is likely these were done as preparatory drawings for the larger, more formal works which have appeared by this artist at auction in recent years. Intimate but powerful, they strike a fine balance of contrasts between such dichotomies as pen and paint, old and new, as well as the classical and the modern.

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Product code: JF-664

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