Other Lands (2009)
'Other Lands', Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Caulfield, Vic. (July 2009)
This exhibition featured recent paintings and drawings by artist Michael Donnelly encouraging discovery and exploration of 'other lands' through a shifting perspective that is fluid and interchangeable, mapping out experiences, memories, relationships and desires.
From earlier work exploring the familiar turning surreal this new exhibition celebrates a slow broadening of horizons with a mixture of local and more exotic locations. There has been a spiralling out from the artist's home to overseas and imaginary lands and environments. The resulting collection of 'landscape tableaux' draws on references from art history, film, and literature and involves an ongoing dialogue between actual and imagined experience.
The art works include major essays in oil on canvas, board and linen; studies in pencil, pen and ink; and mixed media works in pen and ink wash, gouache, watercolour and watercolour pencil and crayon, and collage on paper.