Michael Donnelly "Brighton Dog Beach" 2014-16, (Small Detail) Oil on Linen, 97 x 138 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 DET Visiting Teacher in Vision Impairment and in the Support Skills Program at the Statewide Vision Resource Centre (SVRC), Donvale. In 2010 he was Artist-in-Residence at the Kings Bridge Cottage, Cataract Gorge, Tasmania, courtesy of the Launceston City Council.
"Brighton Dog Beach" is a recently completed major work by Michael Donnelly that celebrates an afternoon at the leash-free dog beach on Port Phillip Bay in the Melbourne suburb of Brighton. Over 100 dogs and their owners are depicted in the painting, all enjoying the last of a pleasant Sunday aftenoon at the beach.
Michael's next solo show will be at Chapel on Station Gallery in Box Hill, in December 2016. He currently has two paintings in the 2016 ‘Art for Wellbeing’ Exhibition at Kinross Arts Centre, Toorak Uniting Church. Until July 8 2016.