DEBBIE MACKINNON is a landscape painter with an obsessive drawing habit. She went through a rigorous academic art school training in London before moving into a career as an Art Director in publishing. She wrote and designed many award winning children’s books. Moving to Australia 24 years ago, took Debbie back to the easel. She now paints full time, and is the founder of ME Artspace, an artist run initiative in North Sydney.

Debbie lectured at Billy Blue College of Design for 15 years. She lives in Sydney and at Hardys Bay, NSW Central Coast. Her work is in many private collections worldwide; 2 of her paintings were recently acquired by North Sydney Council for their public collection.


• ME Gallery Two Artists One Journey joint show with Mike Staniford March 2018

• Sydney Road Gallery, Seaforth, Sydney ‘Ocean Stories’ August 2017

• ME Gallery ‘Land Sea Sky’ joint show with Fiona Verity March 2017

• Duck Rabbit, Redfern, ‘Land Sea Sky’, April 2017

• ME Gallery, St Leonards, Sydney, ‘Tidelines’ March 2016

• Moochinside Gallery, Hardys Bay, ‘Wharf’ July 2015

• ME Gallery, St Leonards, Sydney, ‘Coast’ September 2014

• Incinerator Artspace, Willoughby, ‘Fields of Dreams’ March 2013

• Moochinside Gallery, Hardys Bay, ‘Element’ October 2012

• Incinerator Artspace, Willoughby, ‘Drawn to Travel & the Spaces In Between’ May 2011

• Moochinside Gallery Hardy’s Bay ‘Crossing the Boundaries’ Easter 2010

• Salmon Galleries, McMahons Point, Sydney ‘Crossing the Boundaries’ Oct 2009

• Salmon Galleries, McMahons Point, Sydney ‘Time and Tide’ June 2008


• Art In The Open WINNER February 2018

• The Red Project selected artist North Sydney Council March 2018

• Rochfort Gallery, North Sydney-Land & Sea selected for launch exhibition Feb 2018

• Sydney Road Gallery, Seaforth selected member of art collective in multiple group

shows 2017/18

• Chippendale World Art Residency Prize selected finalist August 2017

• ANL Maritime Art Prize selected finalist Oct 2017

• Northern Beaches Art Prize selected finalist, August 2017

• Land Group show, selected artist Manly Regional Gallery 2017

• Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize shortlisted finalist 2016, hung in SA Museum

• Mosman Art Prize selected finalist 2016

• Mosman Art Prize selected finalist 2013

• The Other Art Fair Sydney 2016 selected by panel incl Ben Quilty and Rosalyn Oxley

• Gosford Art Prize selected finalist 2016

• A Social Landscape group show Depot Gallery, 2 Danks St Waterloo Aug 2016

• Fleurieu Food+Wine art prize selected finalist 2016

• Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize selected finalist 2015

• Saltwater group show, selected artist Manly Regional Art Gallery 2015

• Moran Portrait Prize selected Semi Finalist 2014

• Moran Portrait Prize selected Finalist 2011

• Lethbridge10000 Australia’s biggest small scale art prize, finalist 2013/14/15/16/17

• Hunters Hill Art Prize selected finalist 2007/09/10/11/12/13/14/15/17

• North Sydney Art Prize selected finalist 2007. 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017

• Hang in Gallery, Villeneuve Switzerland ‘Ebb and flow’ 2007


Art Foundation Course – Colchester College of Art

BA Design & Illustration – Middlesex University, London


Selected for a residency at Joya AiR, Andalusia Spain, October 2017


News Corp Daily Telegraph/Mosman Daily and North Shore Times Feb 2018

MiNDFOOD magazine and online blog Feb 2018

The Cultural Tourist – The Weekend Australian August 2017

The Insiders Column – The Weekend Australian Feb 2016


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