Travis MacDonald

Travis MacDonald (born 1990) is a New Zealand born, Melbourne-based artist.
MacDonald completed his formal training as an artist at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). He completed his Bachelor of Fine Art in 2011, having specialised in Spatial Practice and Drawing. McDonald's practice aligns closely with his formal training, as his works are often executed in the mediums of painting or sculpture. The subjects of McDonald's works are derived from found photographs, which he marries with popular culture references through allusions to conspiracy theories, music, folk law and trophy motifs so that the personal and universal collide. Through asethetic devices such as a moderated colour-pallette, fragmented forms and exaggerated textures MacDonald achieves a dream-like quality in his work, which is informed by his ongoing interest in the tensions between reality, recollection and memorialization.
Exhibitions and Collections
MacDonald has been his work exhibiting since 2009. His first solo exhibition was at Niagara Galleries in 2016. Previously he has been included in a number of group shows including Painting. More Painting at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne in 2016, Return at Diane Singer, Melbourne in 2015, Faux Museum and Big Sky II, both at , Melbourne in 2014, and Big Sky at C3 Abbotsford Convent in 2013, as well as several shows at the VCA between 2009 and 2012.
Since first exhibiting in 2009, MacDonald has been awarded the Gary Grossbard Drawing Prize and the Lionel Gell Foundation Drawing Scholarship in 2010. He was also a finalist for the Wallara Travelling Scholarship in 2011, and in 2016 a finalist for the Len Fox Painting Award.<ref name=":0" />
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