DeviantART: Playing Cards by Peter Donahue

21 Nov

Here you can enjoy very different playing card artworks created by the American artist, Peter Donahue (PeterDonahue). From death to life… animal life.

© Peter Donahue

The Ace of Death & The King of Death

Ace-of-Death-by-Peter-Donahue King-of-Death-by-Peter-Donahue

“MOMENTO MORI” on the Queen card translates from Latin into English as “remember (that you have) to die“.

Jack’s medallion also has its special inscription “VANITAS”. The Latin word means “vanity” and loosely translated corresponds to the meaninglessness of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits. Also a genre of Baroque painting has Vanitas name. It is represented by still life compositions with a human skull as the central element of them. Such artworks should remind of the transience of life, the futility of pleasure and the inevitability of death.

The Queen of Death & The Jack of Death

Queen-of-Death-by-Peter-Donahue Jack-of-Death-by-Peter-Donahue

Other Peter’s playing card artworks are dedicated to different animals as royals on court cards. Their vivid and childish style contrasts with “death” cards.

Animal Kingdom: The King of Clubs & The Queen of Hearts

King-of-Clubs-by-Peter-Donahue Queen-of-Hearts-by-Peter-Donahue

Animal Kingdom: The Jack of Diamonds







Posted by on 21.11.2014 in DeviantART, Playing Card Art


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2 responses to “DeviantART: Playing Cards by Peter Donahue

  1. R L J

    13.04.2015 at 19:35

    How do I find Peter Donahue?

    • Collector

      13.04.2015 at 21:27

      Welcome on my blog, RLJ.

      Each article on PlayingCardCollector.NET has a link to appropriate artist (his/her site, her/his social media account, etc.).

      “DeviantART” articles have links to DeviantART galleries of artists. So, try the link – click that bold name of the artist.

      Good luck.


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