dan mcdonnell



Dan McDonnell’s work integrates digital methods of production with a painterly practice, demonstrating an aesthetic sensibility that reflects how today's digital culture and technologies can influence a studio practice.


His process involves painting expressive gestures with bare hands onto the back of plexiglas, emphasising touch and materiality but also simulation and separation—a  ‘mediated intimacy,’ akin to the way in which touch-screen devices simultaneously connect yet disconnect users.


Through the language of abstraction, McDonnell’s work contemplates a mediated aesthetic in contemporary digital culture while also extending the vocabulary of painting in a screen-dominated era.




Dan was recently selected to exhibit in the 2015 Hatched National Graduate Show held at PICA - Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. He was the winner of the 2014 National Campus Art Prize held at the University of NSW, and more recently was the winner of the SCU Honours Art Prize.




Dan McDonnell


1983 Born Adelaide, South Australia




2017 PhD Candidate APA Australian Post Graduate Award

2015 Completed BVA (Honours) Southern Cross University, NSW

2014 Completed BVA, Southern Cross University, NSW




2016 Finalist Albany Art Prize, WA

2016 Winner - Kaske Memorial Fellowship (1 month in Berlin for Gallery Week)

2015 Finalist Clifton’s Art Prize, QLD

2015 Winner - SCU Honours Exhibition (judged by Dr Leigh Summers, Director of Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery), NSW

2015 Finalist – Hatched – PICA (Perth Institute of Contemporary Art), WA

2014 Winner - National Campus Art Prize, University of NSW (COFA)

2014 Granted the Uni Life Award for Excellence in the Arts

2014 Finalist - Winsor and Newton, Liquitex and Conte a Paris Start Your Studio Scholarship

2014 Finalist - Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Painting, QLD

2013 Winner - Bentley Art Prize – Emerging Artist, Painting

2013 Highly Commended - Bentley Art Prize – Painting

2012 Highly Commended - Coraki Art Prize – Painting

2012 Finalist - Sidewayz Exhibition, Sydney




2015 Touch Screen, Lone Goat Gallery, Byron Bay




2017 Second Dimension Group Show, Temp ARI, Byron Bay

2015 Hatched National Graduate Exhibition, (PICA) Curated by Nadia Johnson

2015 Abstract Wonder, Grafton Regional Gallery, Curated by Dr. Wes Hill

2014 National Campus Art Prize, UNSW (COFA)

2014 Selected Works, The Channon Gallery, The Channon NSW

2014 ‘In Cohorts’ Exhibition, Gallery One29, Lismore NSW

2013 ‘Dark Light Terrain’ Exhibition, Gallery One29, Lismore NSW

2013 Myth and Metaphor’ Exhibition, Gallery One29, Lismore NSW

2012 Selected Works, The Channon Gallery, The Channon NSW

2012 Sidewayz Exhibition, Global Gallery, Paddington Sydney NSW






2015 Hatched National Graduate Show (PICA)review

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