Donna Isham is a self taught abstract and figurative painter, working primarily in oil, acrylic, charcoals and pastels. Her inspiration stems from the power and beauty of the female form, as well as the inherent strength and compassion of humanity. Isham’s work serves as a rebuttal to our highly mechanical and technological world, creating odes to simplicity, naturality, and beauty in its most basic sense. Her fascination with the courage of individuality is paired with her keen eye and extensive cultural insight to produce vibrant, sensual portraits and emotive abstracts.
Isham draws influence from these concepts stylistically, and also finds inspiration from her vast experience in the entertainment and fashion industry. Her position as CEO of Mark Isham Music and work as a prominent film producer fuels her fine art and has lead to multiple opportunities, including an upcoming large-scale, multi-media installation. Isham’s career as a fine artist has also taken a philanthropic route, serving as the President of Artists for Human Rights Foundation.
As the President of Artists for Human Rights Foundation since 2007, Isham has also added her creativity and expertise to creating a more tolerant world. Her contributions include establishing numerous programs such as film premiers of human rights topic films, the Hope and Human Rights Speakers Series to increase the Hollywood community’s awareness of global issues, and outreach programs in Haiti, Honduras and most recently India – all in an effort to advocate for the awareness of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the prevention of human rights abuses.
Isham has sold works to multiple collectors, has exhibited at Gloria Delson Contemporary Art Gallery in Los Angeles, Art Basel in Miami, and will be participating in this year’s Artexpo New York. Isham’s work is part of private collections across the globe.
Donna Isham is married and the mother of 4 children. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
My inspiration stems from the power of the female form as well as the strength and compassion of humanity. I am fascinated by the world around me, and draw influence from music, film and fashion, from extensive cultural insight, from my life as a mother and wife, from my views on beauty, love, desire and hope.
My work is an exploration of color, balance, form and harmony, honing in on my evolving technique which uses layers and movement atop a blank canvas. Inherently, I paint from a place of freedom which pulls upon memories and emotions. My abstract paintings tend to be biomorphic in shape and lyrical in quality. This is not only prevalent in my abstract works but my figurative pieces and portraits of women as well. In my figurative works utilizing live models and photographs, I explore different forms of the body, breaking down and taking in the details of each part that make the figure a natural, vastly unique, earthly design. Together they form a homogenous visual that has the pulse of humanity combined with the abstract quality of spirituality.
I use a variety of materials, brushes, and knives to create these moments. What is captured is a view into my thoughts, a mirror of my feelings, joy and sorrow, success and failure, cowardice and courage, and the divergent and often conflicting themes in society today. These paintings come from intuition, personal truth and realization.