Background

Born in Sydney in 1961, Angus McDonald came late to painting not finding his way to art school until the age of 32. He  enrolled at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney & studied full time for three years from 1993 to 1995. He was awarded the school's Brett Whiteley Scholarship in 1995 and was a finalist in the NSW Travelling Art Scholarship in the same year.

Straight out of art school, he left Australia to live and paint on the small island of Leros in Eastern Greece and afterwards in Italy, continuing his studies at the Florence Academy of Art in 1999/2000. Since 1995, he has had 30 solo exhibitions across Australia, in Greece, Japan, and the UK. McDonald has also exhibited in numerous group exhibitions and art fairs in Australia, South-East Asia, Canada, the United States and Europe.

In 2007 he traveled to Antarctica as the Expedition Artist at the invitation of the Mawson’s Huts Foundation and visited again 2 years later, as the artist in residence for Aurora Expeditions. Following his first trip he staged a major exhibition of paintings and photography entitled Antarctica in London.

He has been a frequent finalist in numerous national art awards including the Paddington Art Prize, The Sulman Prize, Dobell Drawing Prize, the Country Energy Landscape Prize, The Blake Prize, The Kedumba Drawing Award, The Eutick Memorial Still Life Prize, The Kings School Art Prize, the Hutchins Prize, The JADA Drawing Prize, the Tattersalls Landscape Art Prize, the Montalto Sculpture Prize, the Australian Studio Furniture Design Awards and the Salon de Refuse in 2013. He has been a finalist in Australia's biggest art competition, the Archibald Prize, four times: in 2009, 2011,2012 and last year, 2015 with a portrait of WA singer songwriter Abbe May. 

Angus McDonald lives and works in Lennox Head, near Byron Bay on the east coast of Australia.

His next exhibition DELUGE opens next year, 2017- details coming soon.

 

Academic / Residency

 

1993-1995       Full time study, Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney

1994                  Finalist NSW Travelling Art Scholarship, COFA, Sydney

1995                 Awarded Brett Whiteley Scholarship, Tutor, Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney

1996-1999      Lived and worked in Leros, Greece

2000-2001     Attended the Florence Academy of Art, Firenze, Italy. Lived, studied & worked in Italy for 2 years

2006                Expedition Painter, Mawson’s Huts Foundation, Australian Antarctic Territory, Antarctica

2008                Artist in Residence, Aurora Expeditions, Antarctica

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2016         ‘white noise’  Tweed Regional Gallery, NSW

2015         “RECENT WORKS” Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney

2014         “black&blue” Olsen Irwin Gallery, Sydney

                 “Everyday Majesty” Olsen Irwin Gallery, Sydney

2012         “Elysium” Tim Olsen Gallery Sydney

2011         “Sit Still” Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London

                 “Recent Paintings and Drawings” Greenhill Gallery Perth

2010         ‘The Time in Between”, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane

                 “Love Death Cowhide”, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney

2008         “RecentPaintings”,  Degawa, Mitsukoshi Dept. Store, Tokyo

                 “Snort”, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney

2007         “Antarctica” Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London

                 “Antarctica” Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore

                 “Vessel”, with Fiona Myer, Tim Olsen Gallery Sydney

                 “Recent Work” Degawa, Tokyo, Japan

2006         “Recent Paintings”, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane

                  “Selected Paintings, 2001- 2006”, Retrospective Survey, Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore,NSW

2005         “Recent Paintings” Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney

                 “Bull Market”, Tim Olsen Gallery Annex, Sydney

                 Degawa, Tokyo, Japan

                 Degawa, Osaka, Japan

2004         Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne

2003         Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane

                 Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney

2001         Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane

1999         Olsen Carr Art Dealers, Sydney

                 “Savana”, Leros, Greece

1998         Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane

1997         Olsen Carr Art Dealers, Sydney

1996         Olsen Carr Art Dealers, Sydney

                 Coffin Creek Gallery, Mudgee, NSW

1995         Soho Galleries, Sydney

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

2015       Eutick Memorial Still Life Prize, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery

                 Tattersalls Landscape Art Prize, Brisbane

                 Paddington Art Prize, Sydney

                 The Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

                 Kedumba Drawing Award, Sydney

                 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Sydney

2014        ‘Two Types of People’ Olsen Irwin Gallery, Sydney

                 Eutick Memorial Still Life Prize, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery

                 “JADA” Drawing Prize, Grafton Regional Gallery

                 “Mosman Art Prize”, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney

                 “So Much More Than a Big Sheep”, Goulburn Regional Gallery, NSW

                 Eutick Memorial Still Life Prize, Parliament House, Sydney

2013         The Salon de Refuse, SH Ervin Gallery. Sydney

                 On The Table, Gallery artists, Olsen Irwin, Sydney

                 Eutick Memorial Still Life Prize, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery

                 The Kings School Art Prize, Sydney

                 The Tattersalls Landscape Art Prize, Brisbane

2012         The Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

                 The JADA Drawing Prize, Grafton Regional Gallery

                 The Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

                 “Australian Still Life”, Goulburn Regional Gallery, NSW

2011         London Art Fair with Rebecca Hossack Gallery, UK

                 Animalia, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane

                 Hewer Street Studios, London

                 The Archibald Prize, AGNSW, Sydney

                 Squared, Greenhill Gallery, Perth

                 Kedumba Drawing Award, Sydney

2010         The JADA Drawing Prize, Grafton Regional Gallery

                 Piece Gallery, Mullimbimby, NSW

           London Art Fair,  with Rebecca Hossack Gallery, UK

                 Inanimate, With Lorraine Pilgrim and Nyst Gallery, Gold Coast

                 Miscellanea, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney

                 Blake Prize NAS, Sydney

2009         The Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

                 Monalto Sculpture Prize, Monalto Vineyard, Red Hill, ViC

                 Country Energy Art Prize for Landscape Painting, Lismore Regional Gallery, NSW

                 Eutick Memorial Still Life Prize, Coffs Harbour Regiional Gallery, NSW

           “Australian Still Life 1930- Present”, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Qld

           Blake Prize, Directors Cut, NAS, Sydney

           Art Islington, with Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, UK

           Postcard Show, Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW

           “Waiting-A Still Life” - NG Art Gallery, Sydney

           “FEHVA”, Auction for the Buttery, Bangalow, NSW

           DESIGN+WOOD, Dank Street Gallery & Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

New YorkAffordable Art Fair, with Rebecca Hossack Gallery, New York, USA

           Works from the Collection, Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore , NSW

           Jeans For Genes, Children’s Medical Research Institue, Arthouse Hotel, Sydney

2008         “Wish You Were Here” Tweed River Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah, NSW

Country Energy Art Prize for Landscape Painting (Highly Commended), Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, NSW

                 “Food for Thought”, NG Art Gallery, Sydney

                 Dobell Drawing Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

                 Zaishu collaboration, Zasihu

“Workshopped”, in association with the Powerhouse Museum, Chifley Square, Sydney

                 “FEHVA”, Auction for the Buttery,  Bangalow NSW

                 Art Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

                 Toronto Art Fair, Toronto, Canada

JADA Drawing Prize, (Awarded Packing Room Prize), Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW,

                 Art London, with Rebecca Hossack Gallery, UK

                 “Squared” Greenhill Galleries, Perth, WA

                 2 x 2, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney

                 FORM, Olympia, with Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, UK

Australian Studio Furniture Design Awards, (Major Prize Winner), Bungendore Gallery, NSW

2007         Dobell Drawing Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

                 Art London, with Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, London

                 Glasgow Art Fair, with Rebecca Hossack Gallery, Glasgow

                 FORM, Olympia, with Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, UK

                 “North Coast Real”, Grafton Regional Gallery, Grafton, NSW

2006         Art London, Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, London

                 The Grand Opening, Scott Livesey Art Dealer. Melbourne

                 Auction For the Buttery, Byron Bay, New South Wales

2005         Piece Gallery, Mullumbimby, New South Wales

                 “30 x 30”, Greenhill Galleries, Perth

                 Art London, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London

2004         Chelsea Art, Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, London

2003         “Alchemy”, screenprints and ceramics, Tim Olsen Gallery,

                 Sydney & Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane

                 Monotypes, Abercorn Vineyard, Mudgee, New South Wales

                 Jeans for Genes touring retrospective, Sydney Opera House

                 & Victorian Arts Centre 

2002         Australian Vision, with the Australia Council & Degawa, Tokyo, Japan

2001         Nicola Townsend, Tokyo 

1999         “Art Sauce”, Australia’s Emerging Artists, Natalie Best, Singapore

                 Nicola Townsend, Tokyo

                 2 x 2, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney

                 Jeans for Genes, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

1998         Monoprints, Coffin Creek Gallery, Mudgee, New South Wales

                 Work from Coffin Creek Shed, Walca Arts Council, Walca, NSW

1997         Devoured by Paint, Olsen Carr Art Dealers, Sydney

                 Jeans for Genes, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

                 Still Life, Savana, Leros, Greece

                 Mosman Art Prize, (Highly Commended, People’s Choice Award). Sydney

                 Painting is Not Dead, Olsen Carr Art Dealers, Sydney

1996         Selected Works, Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney

                 Jeans for Genes, Art Gallery of NSW, AGNSW, Sydney

1995         Lexus Art Prize, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

                 Waverley Art Prize, Sydney

                 Oil Sketches, Savana, Leros, Greece

1994         Fourteen Figurative Painters, Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney

                 NSW Travelling Art Scholarship, COFA, Sydney

            Waverley Art Prize, Sydney