ABOUT ME

SARAH MCDONALD

With 20 years of experience as a professional artist who has exhibited her work all over Australia and overseas, South Australian artist, Sarah McDonald is now well known for richly textured and evocative Oil Paintings. McDonald is being recognised around Australia for her Landscapes painted in her signature technique using palette knives. In each painting, there is a quality that evokes an emotional response from every viewer as they re-tell their own story, stirred by memories and images of their own past. Each painting reflects Sarah’s ability to capture time and place, using her exaggerated light and colour to depict her subject matter. Her tactile landscapes are responses to her love or hiking and her connection with the places she might travel to.

In thick layers of oil paint, built up with brushes and palette knives, McDonald creates richly textured works inspired by the natural and urban environment.

Sarah uses oil paint, thickly applied with palette knives to create her work, layer by layer, reproducing colours, patterns and textures while balancing lines, shapes and composition.

Each painting reflects her ability to capture time and place, using her exaggerated light and colour to depict her subject matter. Her tactile and evocative landscapes are responses to her love or hiking and experiencing places she might travel to. Sarah’s very popular and well known “Posie” paintings are a more contemporary take on the traditional ‘Still Life”.  In each painting, there is a quality that evokes emotional responses from every viewer as they re-tell their own story, stirred by memories and images of their own past.

Sarah exhibits widely throughout Australia and her work can be found in commercial and private spaces where the rawness in her paintings forms a dynamic contrast against the apparent simplicity of modern society.

EXHIBITIONS 

Sarah has exhibited widely across Australia. Details of selected past exhibitions are listed below.

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 2019: St Ignatius Art Show, SALA

  • 2019:Spring Art , Adelaide

  • 2019: Paper Pear Gallery, Wagga Wagga NSW

  • 2018: Paper Pear gallery, Wagga Wagga NSW

  • 2018: Moree Gallery, Moree NSW

  • 2017: Birds Gallery, Melbourne

  • 2017: SpringArt, Adelaide

  • 2017: SALA St.Ignatius Art Show

  • 2016: SpringArt, Adelaide

  • 2015: Hill of Grace Restaurant, Adelaide Oval

  • 2015: SpringArt, Adelaide

  • 2015: SALA St Ignatius Art Show

  • 2014: SpringArt, Adelaide

  • 2014: Goodwood ArtHouse

  • 2013: SALA st. Ignatius Art Show

  • 2012: Stirling Fine Art

  • 2012: Goodwood ArtHouse

  • 2010: Arispace Gallery, Adelaide

  • 2008: Gallery 139, Adelaide

  • 2005: Agora Gallery, New York USA

  • 2005: Maree Mizon Gallery, Sydney

  • 2004: Hill-Smith Fine Art Gallery

  • 2003: Smart Art, Adelaide

  • 2003: ARTS SA, Hindley st, Adelaide 2003: Prospect Gallery, Adelaide

  • 2002: Arterial Gallery, Adelaide 2002-2003: Art Images Gallery, Adelaide 2000: Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide

  • 2001: Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • 2018: Murdoch Hill Wines, Adelaide Hills

  • 2017: Moree Gallery, Moree NSW

  • 2016: Murdoch Hill Wines, Adelaide Hills SA

  • 2015: DogRidge Gallery, McLaren Vale SA

  • 2014: The Gallery on Waymouth, Adelaide

  • 2013: Murdoch Hill Wines, Adelaide

  • 2008: Gallery 139, Adelaide

  • 2006: Browns Gallery, Adelaide

  • 2005: Maree Mizon Gallery, Sydney

  • 2005: Browns Gallery, Adelaide

  • 2003: Browns Gallery, Adelaide

  • 2003: Intrude Gallery, Melbourne

  • 2002: Greenhill Galleries Adelaide

  • 2001: Browns Gallery, Adelaide

  • 1999: Browns Gallery, Adelaide

  • 1998: Liberator Gallery, Adelaide

  • 1997: Browns Gallery, Adelaide

COMMISSIONS

  • 2019: Serafino Wines: "ORENJI PROJECT"

  • 2019: Private Residence, Adelaide

    2017:Private Residence, Adelaide

  • 2017: Lights View, Horizons Retirement Village

  • 2015: Private Residence, Adelaide

  • 2015: Private Residence, Adelaide

  • 2014: Private Residence, Sydney

  • 2014: Private Residence, Adelaide

  • 2013: Private Residence, Sydney

  • 2013: Private Residence, Sydney

  • 2012: Private Residence, Adelaide

  • 2008: Private Residence Adelaide

  • 2006: Australian Paralympic Committee

  • 2006: Lin Fox: Macquarie Goodman Pty Ltd

  • 2006: Hino: Macquarie Goodman Pty Ltd

  • 2006: Hino: Macquarie Goodman Pty Ltd

  • 2005: AIR APARTMENTS. The Pickard Group/Tectvs Design

  • 2005: DHL: Macquarie Goodman Pty Ltd

ART PRIZES

  • 2020: Finalist The John Villiers Outback Prize

  • 2019: Finalist Adeliade Hills Landscape Prize

  • 2019: 3rd Prize The John Villiers Outback Art Prize

  • 2018: Finalist Fleurieu Biennale Art Prize 

  • 2017: Finalist Pro Hart Outback Broken Hill Art Prize

  • 2016: Finalist Fleurier Food and Wine Prize

  • 2016: Winner People’s Choice Unley Art Prize

  • 2016: Winner Port Pirie Art Prize

Julie Le Cornu - April 2020

What an amazing experience!

Since I joined Sarah’s Art School I have felt the confidence to express creativity in a free and affirming way. Sarah’s classes are fun, supportive and always full of practical instruction and skill development. She is always willing to give of herself to every student, guiding and encouraging each individual in order to foster their own style and artistic expression. Sarah is a passionate, spectacular artist who is willing to share her knowledge and skills with her students no matter what!

SARAH MCDONALD

ARTIST & TEACHER

Adelaide, Australia

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