Artist Riley Johndonnell is creating art with a cause — bridging the gap between ‘me’ and ‘we’ — shining an optimistic light on the world, one brush stroke at a time
Conceptual artist, art-preneur, social activist and uber-optimist G. Riley Johndonnell, also know as Uncle Riley, believes that creativity, collaboration and color, sprinkled with optimism can transform the world.
And as a matter of fact, optimism IS a color — one Johndonnell created in collaboration with Pantone Color Institute (‘INT-O Yellow’, Pantone 108c, to be exact). Seriously, how cool is that?! It’s a color with a cause: To share Optimism with others while raising awareness of depression and shining a light on suicide prevention among artists. And who couldn’t use a gallon of that to-go?
This is an optimist on a mission. Johndonnell has created numerous collaborative efforts, engaging both artists and community, and something tells me, he won’t stop until he has painted the town — make that world — yellow. Paint on creative one, paint on!
I create public and personal works which seek to convert blight to light, generate positive energy and to create opportunities and tools for transformative collaborations. Optimism is not about avoiding reality, it is about (y)our perception of it. We are witnessing Optimism as an emerging ‘Ism’ — a movement of people who want to create a brighter Now and a brighter Tomorrow. People who want to do more than just hope, rather they are collectively inventing a New Paradigm by turning ‘Optimism into Action.’ It’s about evolving from ‘ME’ to ‘WE.’ This is a dialogue of Belief and Doubt, Light and Dark, Present and Future.
~ G. Riley Johndonnell
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