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Nicole Macdonald is a contemporary artist from Melbourne, Australia. A large majority of her work explores the imagery of deep-sea creatures as a metaphor for the theme of unconventional beauty and the irrational fears of the abyss that are ever-present in the human psyche. She tries to capture the anxiety people tend to feel with the hidden, the unseen and the unknown. She attempts to raise awareness of these bizarre creatures from the deep and aims to make others realise their impact on this unique environment. When the animals of the deep are revealed it is possible that we may be both repelled and intrigued. Through presenting the seductive and the mesmerising aspects of these animals in art, she portrays the bewildering combination of fear and beauty.



2015 MA (Masters) in Teaching, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

2010 BA (Honours) in Fine Art, RMIT Univeristy, Melbourne, Australia

2007-2009 BA in Fine Art (Printmaking), RMIT University, Melbourne

2008 International Student Exchange to Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland

2006 Certificate 1 in Visual Arts, Centre for Adult Education, Melbourne

Relevant Employment

2011-2013 Staff Artist, Arts Project Australia, Melbourne

2013 Print Technician at Trinacria Press, Melbourne

2011 Technical Officer for intaglio print workshop, RMIT University, Melbourne

2010 Print Assistant to Angela Cavalieri, Melbourne

2010 Assistant Curator for Exchange, School of Art Gallery, RMIT University, Melbourne

2006 Art Assistant with Art Action, Sandy Beach Community Centre, Melbourne

Solo Exhibitions

2013 Hidden, Unseen, Unknown, Kingston Arts G3 Artspace, Parkdale, Melbourne

2010 The Abyss, Pigment Gallery, Melbourne

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013 Independent Print, Firestation Print Studio, Armadale, Melbourne

2012 Impressions, Australian Print Workshop, Fitzroy, Melbourne

2012 Unscripted, Kingston Arts Centre, Moorabbin, Melbourne

2012 Annual Printmaking Award, Oak Hill Gallery, Mornington, Melbourne

2011 Gifted, Kingston Arts Centre, Moorabbin, Melbourne

2011 Stop Press, Carbon Black Gallery, Prahran

2011 Finalist Rick Amor Print Prize, Montsalvat, Eltham, Melbourne

2011 Finalist Honours Endowment Travelling Scholarship Award, RMIT School of Art Gallery, Melbourne

2011 Entry 11, Brunswick Arts, Brunswick, Melbourne

2011 Finalist Port Jackson Press Graduate Printmaking Award, James Makin Gallery, Collingwood

2010 Resist, Printmaking Graduate Exhibition 2010, Red Gallery, North Fitzroy

2010 Exchange, RMIT School of Art Gallery, Melbourne

2010 Finalist Port Jackson Press Graduate Printmaking Award, James Makin Gallery, Collingwood

2009 Shift, Red Gallery, North Fitzroy

2009 Art Blitz, Moorabbin Town Hall, Moorabbin.

2008 Linden Postcard Show, Linden Gallery, St. Kilda.

2007 ART-R-FYS, Korumburra Federation Art Gallery, Korumburra

2006 Access Ability, CAE Gallery; 96 Flinders Street, Melbourne


2011 Highly Commended,  Port Jackson Press Graduate Printmaking Award

2009, Melbourne Etching Supplies Award


Proposch, S, Trouble, Trouble Magazine, November 2010, (published by Newstead Press Pty Ltd)

Johnstone, Dr. R, Willoughby, A., Domjan, J., Exchange, Exchange Catalogue, October 2010 (published by RMIT School of Art Galleries)

Johnstone, Dr, R., Gribbin, K., Yeates, L., Resist, Resist Catalogue, 2010 (published by RMIT School of Art Galleries)

Harding, R, Shift, Shift Catalogue, October 2009


National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Print Collection

Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Print Collection

RMIT University, Melbourne, Print Collection

National School of Art and Design, Dublin, Print Collection

Ontario College of Art and Design, Ontario, Print Collection

Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, New York, Art Collection

Mentone Girls Secondary College, Melbourne, Art Collection

Private Collections in Australia, the UK and USA

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