Darren McDonald - Biography

Darren McDonald’s work “…looks at the relationship between man and beast, popular culture, justice and injustices globally and locally…”

Deeply engaged, attuned and sensitive to the psychology and circumstances of the subjects he selects – whether that is a person or animal, domesticated or wild – McDonald’s work is most often imbued with a sense of compassion and warmth and yet it is also inflected with wry humour and whimsy drawing his muse, and subsequently the viewer, into his unique arcane world.

Since the mid-1990s McDonald has had 28 solo exhibitions, participated in over 30 group shows and completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at RMIT. In 2017 McDonald was a part of an ideally suited Institutional exhibition alongside a number of major Australian Artists titled The Popular Pet Show at the National Portrait Gallery in 2017. McDonald was a finalist in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize on four occasions since 2013, the Sulman Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2006, as well as having been included in important presentations at numerous other National and Regional galleries and Sydney Contemporary in 2015. McDonald is in the Collection of the National Gallery of Australia, National Portrait Gallery, Maitland Regional Art Gallery and Private Collections throughout Australia.