Macdonald, Donald Curriculum Vitae

I was born on the Isle of Lewis in 1976 and after a short time in the Scottish Infantry, I moved to Aberdeen and did my B.A. Hons degree in Fine Art. After living and working in Denmark and Glasgow for several years, I have returned home to the Isle of Lewis where I am now based.

My work is held in various private collections in Denmark, Hong Kong, Israel, and the USA. In 2009, I was one of only three Scottish artists to feature in the BP Portrait Prize Award exhibition and had a three page feature/interview in Artists and Illustrator magazine. I was also the Scottish representative for the Mead Johnson International Exhibition in Evansville, Indiana, USA.

As my work is based around photorealism, I find it increasingly important not to limit my subject matter. I find that I can push myself and my work much further by painting different subjects under different conditions. I always strive for my work to remain fresh by developing it and constantly moving it forward.

I have a very keen interest in contrasts between the deliberate nature of photorealism and the more accidental side of expressionism and how the two can work together on the same canvas. How a run of paint can transform a technically painted portrait or seascape or how a doodled character can interact with a photorealistic object, it fascinates me how these opposites can create something "else", something new. I think it is very important for my work to create emotion and "feeling" for the viewer, to be able to work on different levels and not just the visual.

2001 - Spirit of Life, Cafe Mekur, Copenhagen
2002 - 2 Man Show,, Glasgow
- Glasgow Art Fair, with
2003 - Glasgow Art Fair, with
- The Affordable Art Fair-London, with
2004 - Group exhibition-, Glasgow
- Commissioned presentation to the First Minister of Scotland
- Scotland on Sunday Home supplement
2005 - Dublin Art Fair with
- Group show,, Edinburgh
2006 - Group show, Karen Taylor Gallery, London
- Group show,, Glasgow
- One man show,, Edinburgh
2007 - Spring Selection show,, Glasgow
- The Affordable Art Fair-London, with
- House of Beauly, Ealain Gallery
- Loch Lomond Golf Club
- Private event, Ealain Gallery
- Barclays Scottish Open
- Loch Lomond, Ealain Gallery
2008 - The Affordable Art Fair-London, with
- Glasgow Art Fair, with
- Homes and Interiors Magazine
- Six Figures,, Edinburgh
- The Affordable Art Fair-Amsterdam, with
- Edinburgh Art Fair
2008 - Glasgow Herald article
2008 - Short listed for Standard Chartered Commission 2008
2009 - Short listed for Mead Johnson Nutritional Commission USA
2009 - Scottish representative for Johnson Nutritional International
2009 - London Art Fair
2009 - BP Portrait Prize Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London
2010 - Summer Exhibition, Blackheath Gallery
2010 In Your Face, Blackheath Gallery