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Danielle MCMANUS

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Born in Sydney, Danielle McManus intertwines experiences from everyday life with her Maltese heritage to produce superbly whimsical artworks & ceramics.
Whether fictional or based on real-life family events, McManus’s love of storytelling is evident in her colourful, figurative offerings that provide viewers with thought-provoking images, frequently set against a backdrop of a landscape fusing both her Maltese heritage and passion for Australia.
Influenced by the artwork of 17th Century European manuscripts as well as the work of other prominent artists such as Gustav Klimt, Frida Kahlo, Margaret Woodward and Arthur Boyd, McManus uses a rich vibrant palette, expressing a deep love and kinship with the unique hues of the Australian landscape.
After completing a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) at Newcastle University, she worked as a graphic designer in Sydney, during which time she began painting ceramics. After nine years McManus moved with her family to more peaceful surroundings where she now paints from her rural studio. This inspiring environment is where she creates a range of acrylics, charcoals, mixed media works and ceramic pieces, all in her own individual and colourful style.
McManus’s is represented in galleries in Queensland, New South Wales and the ACT and her work is held private and corporate collections.
Education
Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) Plant & Wildlife Illustration, Newcastle University 1990/1992


Exhibitions
2016 April, Booty & Bust Figurative Group Exhibition, Trafficjam Galleries, Neutral Bay NSW
2016 February Women of Substance Exhibition, Red Hill Gallery, Red Hill Qld
2015 August 18 Exhibition with Bronwen Newbury, Trafficjam Galleries, Neutral Bay NSW
2015 February Women of Substance Exhibition, Red Hill Gallery, Red Hill Qld
2014 July 17, Chorus of Colour Exhibition with Starr, Trafficjam Galleries, Neutral Bay NSW
2014 February Women of Substance Exhibition, Red Hill Gallery, Red Hill Qld
2013 May 30 to June 20, Once Upon a Time Exhibition with Di Taylor, Trafficjam Galleries, Neutral Bay NSW
2013 February 15 to 3 March, Group Show Women of Substance, Red Hill Gallery, Red Hill Qld
2013 February 7 to 28 February Group Show Great Aussie BBQ, Trafficjam Galleries, Neutral Bay NSW
2012 September, Solo Show Small Stories, Pokolbin Gallery, Mistletoe Wines, Pokolbin Hunter Valley
2012 August, The Kings School Art Show
2012 May - Art Craft & Jewellery Exhibition St Ignatius’ College Riverview
2012 March 29 to April 19, Kaleidoscope Group Exhibition (3 Artists), Trafficjam Galleries, Neutral Bay NSW
2012 February 10 to February 27, Women of Substance Group Exhibition (4 Artists), Red Hill Gallery, Red Hill Qld
2011 June 30 to July 21 Spectacle and Observer All Gallery Artists Trafficjam Galleries, Neutral Bay NSW
2011 May 29, Art Craft & Jewellery Exhibition St Ignatius’ College Riverview
2011 April 31, Annual Oatley West Public School Art & Craft Show
2011 February, Aarwun Gallery Summer Exhibition, Canberra
2010 November, The St Joseph’s College Art Show
2010 August, The Kings School Art Show
2010 May, Art Craft & Jewellery Exhibition, St Ignatius’ College Riverview
2009 October, St Thomas’s School Art & Craft Exhibition
2009 September, Tudor House Art Exhibition



2009 May, View Exhibits, Annual Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview Arts, Craft And Jewellery Exhibition
2008 Pokolbin Gallery, Mistletoe Wines, Pokolbin Hunter Valley – Joint Exhibition with Kristy Gimbert
2008 Artscrawl, Pokolbin, Hunter Valley
2007 Pokolbin Gallery, Mistletoe Wines, Pokolbin Hunter Valley– Solo Exhibition
2006 Morpeth Weird & Wonderful Novelty Teapot Exhibition
2005 September, Hunter Valley Grammar School Festival of the Arts
2004 Morpeth Weird & Wonderful Novelty Teapot Exhibition 3rd Place
Golden Teapot Award People’s Choice Winner
2002 September, Butterflies Gallery, Pokolbin NSW – Joint exhibition (3 artists)
2002 Cessnock Art Society Miniatures Exhibition – 2nd Prize



“Relying on the beauty of the landscape as a constant backdrop, my inspiration at present is drawn from everyday life. I like to evoke feelings in the viewers, hoping they can in fact relate to the work and imagine a story of their own. Frequently there is no predetermined idea as such, the story evolves and the canvas takes on a personality of its own.”