Affirmations of life

6 Apr 2019 – 1 Jun 2019

Regular hours

09:30 – 17:00
09:30 – 17:00
09:30 – 17:00
09:30 – 17:00

Cost of entry

free entry

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Bethlem Gallery

England, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • The bus stop directly outside the main entrance is Bethlem Royal Hospital, with buses 356, 119 or 198 stopping there.
  • Eden Park Station (30 mins from London Bridge) followed by a 15 min walk or 5 min bus ride (356 bus towards Shirley). East Croydon Station (15 mins from London Victoria), followed by roughly a 30 min bus ride (119 bus towards Bromley or 198 towards Shrublands).
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Affirmations of life is a solo exhibition by John O’Donnell presenting still lifes, landscapes and portraiture that span three decades of painting instinctively from observation.


With minimal strokes of his brush, John’s adept use of light and colour capture moments in time, sharing with us his enjoyment of the good things in life and of the people that have meaning to him. Views from windows and the play of light between interior and exterior spaces often feature in his paintings, articulating a sense of place and his affinity towards it.

“I have always found that working as a painter has given me a focus, a link with nature and great strength. The interaction of meeting other people in the arts is rewarding and gives me a sense of belonging. The enjoyment of the work gives me joy that carries me through life” - John O’Donnell

The exhibition is accompanied by printed guide featuring an introduction by Rebecca Salter RA, Keeper of the Royal Academy of Arts and an essay by painter Dan Howard-Birt.

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