Michael Donnelly "A Sunday Afternoon on 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.
"A Sunday Afternoon on 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 painting has been short-listed for the The MtSV Annual Maritime Art Awards & Exhibition, a national competition hosted at the Mission to Seafarers Victoria in Docklands, Melbourne. The Exhibition will be open for viewing from: 7th October to 21st October, 12pm to 6pm daily. The Opening Night of the exhibition will be held on: Thursday 6th October at 6.30pm.
Michael's next solo show will be at Chapel on Station Gallery in Box Hill, in December 2016.