Michael McDonald

My artistic practice encompasses graphic drawing and figurative painting. It
embraces popular culture circulated through social media and print material. My current work takes its point of departure in the portrayals of celebrities I follow on social media platforms. By mediating their photographs through exaggerated features and moody palettes, I aim to ironise the physical and materialistic ideal they convey through branding and modelling. In my portraits, hard edged geometric shapes suggest voids or withheld information – the unrealistic and unattainable ideals these celebrities represent.