Govinda Gallery is pleased to present the first exhibition of Donovan’s Sapphographs. Inspired by the lyric poetry of Sappho (7th century B.C.E.), Donovan captures in visual form the mythic beauty of this ancient artistic tradition. Donovan’s Sapphographs evoke the aesthetic sensuality of nature and the power of its rituals to inspire artistic creation.
A prolific songwriter, poet, and musician, Donovan is recognized as one of the most popular and innovative recording artists of our time. By incorporating elements of folk, jazz, classical, Caribbean, and Indian music, he became one of the central figures in the extraordinary musical and cultural revolution of the 1960s. His legacy continues to influence and inspire musical artists today. Donovan’s most recent recording, Beat Café (2004) has received much critical acclaim and he continues to perform throughout the world.
This year marks his fortieth year in music and will be honored with the release of Try for the Sun: The Journey of Donovan, a deluxe box set of four CDs spanning his entire career from 1964 to 2005 (Sony). Also forthcoming this fall is Donovan’s long-awaited biography, The Autobiography of Donovan: The Hurdy Gurdy Man (St. Martin’s Press), which documents the major role he played during a seminal moment in the history of popular music and culture.