Michael Donnelly 'Baptism at Anglesea', 2012, Oil on linen, 122 x 122 cm.
Michael Donnelly is a Melbourne-based artist and teacher. He has held numerous solo exhibitions since 1984 and participated in group exhibitions throughout Australia and the USA. His works are included in collections in Australia. Michael's work has appeared in a number of published works and does accept commissions. He has worked as an art educator in the secondary school sector, and at the RVIB / Vision Australia School. Michael now works part time as a DEECD Visiting Teacher in Vision Impairment and in the Support Skills Program at the Statewide Vision Resource Centre (SVRC), Donvale, Melbourne. In 2010 he was Artist-in-Residence at the Kings Bridge Cottage, Cataract Gorge, Tasmania, courtesy of the Launceston City Council.
'Baptism at Anglesea' celebrates the baptism of the artist's youngest son, William, in the surf at Anglesea, Victoria, in April 2009. It also acts as something of a sequel to the 2005-6 painting, 'Baptisms on the Yarra'.