Llael McDonald's work is moody and nostalgic, with underlying narratives that change from viewer to viewer. Delving into the familiar and bringing forward the ordinary to be presented to an audience with emotional and visual elevation. Llael's early influences were Jeffrey Smart and Edward Hopper and in later years as her work evolved into what we see today. Llael cites the Flemish masters and Pre Raphaelites as a major influence on her work. Llael has sold her work into private and corporate collections in New York, Miami, France, UK and Australia. She now has a studio in the Victorian highlands where she continues her painting practices, exhibitions and teaches private painting workshops.
Llael McDonald grew up in the inner-city Melbourne suburb of Spotswood and showed and early propensity toward the visual arts, particularly painting, which set her on the path as a professional artist at a young age.
In her tertiary years Llael attended ICAD (independent college of Art and Design) situated in the creative and high energy hub of Chapel Street. She studied painting under artist Terri Matassonni and graduated with one of the top portfolios in 1996.
The ICAD Galleries in Prahran, Melbourne (1993 to 1996)
The Cherry Tree Restaurant in Prahran, Melbourne (1996).
Pantechnicon Gallery in Daylesford in Joint exhibitions (2003)
The Melbourne Art Fair (2004)
Pantechnicon gallery solo show. (2005)
Pivotal Galleries in Richmond (2004 to 2005).
The Substation Newport (2007-2009)
UFFK Manhattan New York (2010)
Solo Show Arthouse Ink Gallery. (2011)
Group Exhibition Arthouse Ink Galleries, Yarraville. (2011)
Blue Raincoat Spotswood (2012)
The Black Dog Footscray (2012)
Fawn Gallery Collingwood (2013)
Solo Show, Catherine Abel Galleries (2014)
Solo Show, Cosmopolitan Trentham (2015)
Solo show, Cosmopolitan Hotel Trentham (2019)
Miami Basel 2019
Cosmopolitan Hotel (2020)
Sydney Affordable Art Fair 2022
Melbourne Affordable Art Fair 2022
Micheal Read Sydney and Le Cornue Australia exhibition 2022
Represented by Sketch co Gallery Sydney
Represented by Michael Reid Northern Beaches
Represented by Toowoomba Gallery
Finalist in the Lethbridge Scale Art Prize 2022
Finalist in the Tacit still life art prize 2022