Gemma Donnellan


Living in Miami
acrylic 112x142cm
#130   $1750
House is Full of Plants
acrylic 112x142cm
#131   $1750
Light Up My Life
acrylic 142x112cm
#132   $1880
Cigars in the Backroom
acrylic 142x112cm
#133   $1990
*Pink Steel 1
acrylic 30x30cm
#134   $190
*Pink Steel 2
acrylic 30x30cm
#135   $190
*Pink Steel 3
acrylic 30x30cm
#136   $190
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About Gemma Donnellan

Gemma Donnellan

Gemma has over 25 years’ industry experience.  Beginning at Spowers Architects, Gemma then went to work as an Executive PA at Telstra, before moving on to KPMG, Melbourne University, ANZ Bank and Western Mining Corporation.  She also worked for Kraft Foods marketing.

She travelled extensively through Europe and Asia in the mid 90s where she took in the great European collections.  Based in London for two years she was immersed in the Brit pop explosion.  

Returning from London she completed a Music Business course.  Following her studies she managed several acts at many Melbourne venues and began painting in her spare time. 

ARM Architecture hired her as public relations manager to co-ordinate events and assist Director Ian McDougall.  Surrounded by creative people at the top of their game, Gemma ramped up her painting.

Gemma held her first solo exhibition of 18 works called ‘First’ in 2003 at the Level 11 Gallery, Flinders Lane.  ‘My Magnolias’ from this exhibition now hangs in the Peter MacCallum Hospital collection.  Her painting ‘Taller Poppies’ was pre-selected for the prestigious Cromwell’s Art Prize in Sydney, then sold at auction. 

In 2003 Gemma undertook ‘Designs in Drawing’ course at RMIT University.  She completed her diploma of Visual Arts at RMIT in 2005, majoring in printmaking & painting.

Gemma exhibited her printmaking series ‘Breathe’ at Art Holes Gallery in 2005.  Also a printmaking series, ‘Chandeliers’ was Gemma’s second solo exhibition at Carlow House.

Gemma has travelled through Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Mauritius, Indonesia and Malaysia, taking in the art of those countries.  In addition to her fine art she has designed a line of children’s giftware for interior design and décor boutique Moss Melbourne. 

Gemma's successful 2014 solo exhibition ‘Perfume' saw paintings delivered to Melbourne collectors including fashion icon Adele Palmer.

Feburary 2015 saw the collaboration between Gemma Donnellan and Christine Cropley in 'Aphrodisiac Abstraction'. Held In a Pop Up Gallery in a newly renovated classic art deco building in North Melbourne.  A fabulous opening night and a short 2 day exhibition.  

Gemma showcased part of her perfume series at the 'Sagra Salon Show' June - August 2015, alongside a variety of artists at Sagra gallery & restaurant Malvern.  Gemma's perfume paintings were also showcased in the Toorak Village Art Walk in 2015.

2016 saw Gemma make her first entry into the famous Archibald Portraiture Prize, although she did not make the final selection, her portrait 'Amelina' of Master Perfumer Emma J. Leah was shown on National television.   

2017 Gemma was honoured to be the Feature Artist at the 'Roberts McCubbin Artshow', and was also invited to take part in the Canterbury Artshow.

Gemma is passionate about painting, printmaking and of course perfume.  She loves to cook and entertain, and she believes in good food, friends & family.  Gemma lives in Melbourne with her husband, architect Chris Hose Director of Williams Ross Architects, and their ten year old daughter Estelle.   

Curriculum Vitae

Visual Artist Melbourne

RMIT, Diploma of Visual Arts, 2005

RMIT, Designs in Drawing, 2003

Solo Exhibitions

2016 - Archibald Unveiling Gallery 550

2014 - ‘Perfume’  Gallery 550

2006 - ‘Chandeliers’ Carlow House

2005 - ‘Nature’ Feeling For Life

2003 - ‘First’ The Level 11 Gallery

Feature Artist

2017 - Roberts McCubbin Artshow


Group Exhibitions

2018 - Sorrento Art Show

2018 - Mornington Art Show

2017 - Bayside Art Show

2017 - Canterbury Art Show

2017 - Sorrento Art Show’

2016 - Belle Arti Art Prize Chapman & Bailey

2015 - Swan Street Studios end of year exhibition

2015 - Toorak Village Art Walk

2015 - 'Salon Show' Sagra Gallery

2015 - 'Aphrodisiac Abstraction' with Christine Cropley

2014 - 'Scope' Melbourne Pavilion

2013 - Studio exhibition, Cube Gallery

2006 - Camberwell Rotary Show

2005 - Graduate exhibition, Fitzroy Gallery

2005 - ‘Breathe’ Printmaking series, Artholes Gallery

2005 - Visual Art & performance exhibition, Shift#1

2001 - Fundraising Charity Ball, Mary McKillop Foundation


Competition Finalist

2014 - 'Kennedy Art Prize', People's Choice Award

2004 - ‘Cromwell’s Art Prize’ Sydney, sold at Cromwell’s Auction

2004 - ‘She’ The Walker Street Gallery

2001 - ‘Love Exhibition’ 4 Cats Gallery



2014 - Adele Palmer private collection ‘Estelle’

2004 - Peter MacCallum Hospital Collection ‘My Magnolias’


2016 - Perfume Clothing Collection - Voices - VIDA

2006-2013 - Precious Gem Designs range of Children’s gifts, exclusively for Moss Melbourne, St Kilda


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