Drawing and painting for me are a way to work through feelings and ideas. I tend to move across different styles and have recently produced a body of abstracts. I have favoured water-based media (watercolour, paper, pencils) for some time. These works are an exploration of the figurative in the abstract, in part psychological, in part formal. Even colour and line can tell a story it seems, and demonstrate allegorical qualities, just like representative work.

I also maintain a representational theme of the bucolic and of animals. For example, it might be animals playing in a band, in a boat, or simply in repose under a bush. Dragons, and other mythological creatures such as Pan are fair game too. This is partly motivated by a desire to experiment with childrens’ literature, which in turn was inspired by wanting to get access to the “child’s world” as a creative source.  

Lawrence McDonell is a painter, musician and web technologist.

email: lawrence.mcdonell@gmail.com
mobile: 0466 573 926
lives at: lewisham, Sydney NSW 2049



2008 to 2013 Annual group show Glebe Art Exhibition, NSW

2010 – Lovell St Gallery Katoomba NSW

2013 –  Somers-Salt Gallery Gosford NSW

2010 to 2015 – Ongoing displays at Wood Paper Silk Gallery, Petersham NSW

2013, 2014 – Salmagundi Art, Tempe NSW


2008 – A Natural Practice Gallery Glebe, Sydney NSW

2010 – Crystal St Gallery Petersham, Sydney NSW

2014  – Leichhardt Library Gallery, Sydney NSW

2015 – Balmain Library Gallery, Sydney NSW