About Phil Doncon – Visual Artist

Phil Doncon’s gallery paintings feature a strong sense of emotion through a bold use of colour, light and contrast. With an increasing feeling of movement and fluidity as a result of the influence of the performance painting, his work is going from strength to strength.

Artist Statement

“My paintings and drawings are almost always about the complex and subtle effects of light on the natural environment. I am fascinated by the way elements such as dust, sea spray or cloud catch the light. The fluctuating colours and contrasts interact to give a landscape strong moods and it is those moods and feelings that I am trying to capture.

My best paintings are always of subjects that I love and feel a strong connection to; the ocean; the Wheatbelt; the history and culture of Fremantle.”


Phil Doncon grew up on a farm in Merredin, West Australia. Surrounded by nature and with plenty of free time, Phil was able to practice ‘plein-air’ (on site) painting on a regular basis. Whilst inspired by art books and encouraged by local artists, this direct painting would inform the style of his work. Capturing the elusive colours and light of the bush would become a life long passion.

Phil Studied fine art at Curtin University, graduating in 1989. He began staging solo shows almost immediately with an exhibition in Nungarin in 1990, followed by a second later that year in Merredin. Phil’s early exhibitions sought to take art to the regions with exhibitions in Geraldton, Jerramungup, Albany, Tammin, Mukinbudin, Dalwallinu and Bruce Rock; as well as regular exhibitions in his home town Merredin.

Phil has also staged exhibitions in Perth with shows at Arts House Gallery and The Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery. In 2010 Phil staged a joint show with fellow artist and good friend Malini Parker at the Kingfisher Gallery.       www.maliniparker.com

Solo Exhibitions

Phil has staged 24 Solo Art Exhibitions since 1990, including:

  • ‘Inspirations of Colour’, Latitude Gallery, Geraldton – 2011
  • ‘The Colour of Motion’, Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery – 2007
  • Goldsmith’s Hall Gallery, Geraldton – 2005, 2006
  • Arts House Gallery, Northbridge – 2002, 2003, 2004
  • Merredin Railway Museum – 2004


  • Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) – Curtin University
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Youth Work) – Edith Cowan University
  • Graduate Diploma (Health Promotion) – Curtin University (currently studying)

Joint Exhibitions

  • ‘Movement and Stillness’, With Malini Parker at the Kingfisher Gallery, West Perth      

             www.maliniparker.com            www.kingfishergallery.com.au


  • Curtin University
  • Princess Margaret Hospital
  • Shire of Morawa
  • W.A Institute of Engineers
  • Western Construction
  • Rockingham Arts Council

Awards 2009

  • Joint Winner – Shell Agricultural Award (Perth Royal Show)

Awards 2008

  • $2,500 Acquisitive Prize – Morawa Art Awards
  • Portrait Prize – Merredin Fine Arts Society 40th Anniversary Exhibition
  • Shell Agricultural Award – MFAS 40th Anniversary Exhibition
  • Pastel Prize – Shire of Merredin Award– MFAS 40th Anniversary Exhibition
  • Runner-up – Portrait Prize – Mukinbudin Spring Arts Festival

Awards 1991 – 2001

  • Highly Commended Pastel – Wagin Woolorama 2001
  • Highly Commended Open– Wagin Woolorama ‘97
  • Highly Commended Watercolour– Wagin Woolorama ‘97
  • Highly Commended Drawing – Wagin Woolorama ‘97
  • Watercolour Prize -Morawa Music & Arts Spectacular ‘97
  • Drawing Prize – Morawa Music & Arts Spectacular
  • 3rd Prize Drawing Prize – Morawa Music & Arts Spectacular
  • First Prize Printmaking – Morawa Music & Arts Spectacular
  • Second Prize Printmaking – Morawa Music & Arts Spectacular
  • Highly Commended Watercolour -Rockingham Art Award ‘95
  • Small painting – Wagin Woolorama ‘94
  • Highly Commended Open – Wagin Woolorama
  • Landscape Art Purchase – Perth Royal Show ‘93
  • Highly Commended – Perth Royal Show ‘93
  • Engineering Theme Art Purchase – Perth Royal Show ‘93
  • Popular Vote – Nungarin Art Exhibition ‘92
  • Joint Winner Drawing/Pastel Prize – Narrogin Classic art Prize
  • Highly Commended Watercolour – Narrogin Classic art Prize
  • P & O Catering Award (heat) – Kalamunda Agricultural Society  ‘92
  • Watercolour Award – Mandurah City Festival of the Arts ‘92
  • Dry Media Award – Mandurah City Festival of the Arts
  • Open Award, Any Media – Wagin Woolorama ‘92
  • Drawing – Wagin Woolorama
  • Highly Commended P& O Catering – Wagin Woolorama
  • Highly Commended Drawing – Wagin Woolorama
  • P & O Catering Award (heat) – Kalamunda Agricultural Society  ‘91
  • Highly Commended – York Art Prize ’92
  • Cormack Rowney Award – York Art Prize ’92
  • Painting Prize – Beverly Art Exhibition
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