The chaotic surroundings of Australia have influenced the approach of Emily Donaldson’s artistic practice. The physicality and simplicity of its nature are echoed within the technique of application in her oil paintings.
Donaldson attempts to capture, whether an everyday scene or a landscape, a fleshy human richness that adds depth and interest to her work. The erratic thick surfaces, give insight into the intuitive application of the paint, and her movement-based process, as it transitions through excessive embellished surfaces.
Her paintings lean away from representation and abstracted forms.
Her paintings are not entirely about achieving a final composition, but also about the process of finding imagery within the paint. The more instinctive approach to the painting, the more fluid and natural the scene feels to the artist. An amiable human approach is key to her philosophy in a world that is becoming more dehumanized and mechanical.
Donaldson’s innovative approach to her practise is extensive, engaging in both sculpture, painting and installation. Building upon surfaces using excessive paint, intuitively embellishing it with thick layers.
2016 | Exchange Visual Arts, Brock University, St Catharines, Ontario, Canada
2016 | Exchange Fine Arts, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom
2012 – 2017 | Bachelor of Creative Arts, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland
January 2020 (Forthcoming) | ‘Pandanas in the Desert’ Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, Townsville, Queensland
September 2019 | ‘Yonder There’, Mitchell on Maranoa Regional Gallery, Queensland
November 2017 | ‘Surrounded Impulse’ Dingles, Rockhampton, Queensland
September 2017 | ‘Surrounded Impulse’ Emerald Regional Art Gallery, Emerald, Queensland
September 2014 | ‘Where nobody knows.’ ONEWall, solo exhibition, TheGRID: hybrid arts collective, Toowoomba
August 2014 | A Freckled Mind, solo exhibition, Red Door Gallery, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba
May 2012 | Critters, Solo Exhibition, Big Small Gallery, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba
April, May 2018 | ‘A Tropical State’ Touring Exhibition, Cairns and Toowoomba, Old Canopy Art Space and First Coat Studios, Queensland
June 2017 | Bayton Award Exhibition, Rockhampton Art Gallery, Queensland
March 2017 | ‘Common Groundz’, Visa Gallery, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine & Performing Arts, Saint Catharines, Ontario, Canada
December 2016 – February 2017 | ‘This is not a Tree’, Rodman Hall Art Centre, Saint Catharines, Ontario, Canada
May 2016 |’Studio 55‘, Comma Five, Barbican Plymouth, United Kingdom
April 2016 |’A Biscuits Perspective‘, Royal Williams Yards Fine Art Studio, Plymouth, United Kingdom
November 2015 | ’Central Highlands Regional Council Annual Art Awards 2015′, Emerald Art Gallery, Emerald
September 2015 | ‘Magical Creatures with Backwards Feet’, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba
June 2015 | ‘Magical Creatures with Backwards Feet’, Snelgrove Gallery, The University of Saskatchewan, Canada
February 2015 | Graduart 2014, group exhibition, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Stanthorpe
February 2015 | Tall Tales and Other Adventures, group exhibition, Texas Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales
December 2014 | For the Hustle, group exhibition, No Comply, Toowoomba
November 2014 | Graduart 2014, group exhibition, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery & University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba
November 2014 | ’Central Highlands Regional Council Annual Art Awards 2014′, group exhibition, Emerald Art Gallery, Emerald
October 2014 | ALL IN 2, MARS, TheGRID: hybrid arts collective, Toowoomba
July 2014 | Silent Minority, Friday Nights: July 2014, Metro Arts, Brisbane
May 2014 | Tall Tales and Other Adventure, Dogwood Crossing John Mullins Memorial Arts Gallery, Miles
April 2014 | Fast Plant, First Coat Studios (No Comply), Toowoomba
March 2014 | Tall Tales and Other Adventure, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba
September 2013 | Off the Coast, TheGRID: hybrid arts collective, Toowoomba
August 2012 | Show 002, Red Door Gallery, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba
August 2012 | USQ Guild Exhibition, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba
October 2011 | Sally Mintram Memorial Art Show, The Glennie Room, Toowoomba
September 2011 | Toowoomba Art Society Chronicle Junior Art Expo 2011, group exhibition, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Toowoomba.
June 2017 |Finalist Bayton Award, Rockhampton Art Gallery
November 2015 | Awarded Peoples Choice Award ‘Central Highlands Regional Council Annual Art Awards 2015′, Emerald
November 2015 | Awarded Runners Up Three Dimensional Work ‘Central Highlands Regional Council Annual Art Awards 2015′, Emerald
November 2014 | Awarded Highly Commended ‘Central Highlands Regional Council Annual Art Awards 2014′, Emerald
Emerald, Queensland, Australia, 1994