Debbie Mackinnon

Debbie Mackinnon

Sydney, NSW, Australia

About Debbie Mackinnon

Debbie Mackinnon initially went through a rigorous academic art training as a medical illustrator in
London before moving sideways into a career as an art director in publishing, where she wrote and designed many award winning children’s books. Moving to Australia 22 years ago, took Debbie back to the easel. She now paints full time, and is the founder and director of ME Artspace, an artist run initiative in North Sydney. Debbie lectured at Billy Blue College of Design for fifteen years. She lives in Sydney and at Hardys Bay, NSW Central Coast.
Debbie’s work is in private collections in Australia, France, USA, Switzerland and the UK, and 2 of her paintings were recently acquired by North Sydney Council for their public collection.


Colchester College of Art - 1 year Foundation Course
Middlesex University, London 4 year BA course Graphic Design -Scientific Illustration and Information Design


•ME Gallery, St Leonards, Sydney, ‘Tidelines’ March 2016
•Moochinside Gallery, Hardys Bay, 'Wharf' July 2015
•ME Gallery, St Leonards, Sydney, ‘Coast’ September 2014
•Incinerator Gallery, Willoughby, 'Fields of Dreams' March 2013
•Moochinside Gallery, Hardys Bay, 'Element' October 2012
•Incinerator Gallery, 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
• Hang in Gallery Villeneuve Switzerland ‘Ebb and Flow’ 2007
The Angel, Queenscliff, ‘Depths and Shallows’ 2007

•Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize shortlisted finalist 2016, hung in SA Museum
•Mosman Art Prize shortlisted finalist 2013, 2016
•#ASocialLandscape 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 selected artist Manly Regional Art Gallery 2015
•Moran Portrait Prize selected Semi Finalist 2014
•Moran Portrait Prize selected Finalist 2011
•Lethbridge 10000 Australia's biggest small scale art prize, selected finalist 2015
•Lethbridge 10000 selected online finalist 2013, 2014, 2016
•Hunters Hill Art Prize selected finalist 2015, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
•North Sydney Art Prize selected finalist 2015, 2007. 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
•‘Simply Black & White’ - curated/participated in group show ME Gallery Dec 2015
•‘Water’ - curated/participated in group show T1 Art Terminal for Art Month 2015
• ‘Rhythms of the Cityscape’ joint show Salmon Galleries at Australia Square Nov 2011