Twelve-mainLocal author J.M. Donellan and his artist mother Wendy Donellan, have collaborated to produce an exhibition to tap all the senses. Twelve – Stories from Paintings is a series of images and texts that intertwine to tell stories of hope and loss, land and sea, death and rebirth.

Paintings by Wendy Donellan showcase her exquisite use of colour and light to examine places and people both real and illusory. These images capture Australian and French landscapes and characters as they were, are, and as they exist in the realm of the imagination. Accompanying these images are a series of vignettes and short stories by her son J. M. Donellan, author of Killing Adonis and Stendhal Syndrome. These stories are presented both as text and audio recordings to create a multi-sensory exploration of the worlds into which the viewer is invited to explore. 

A limited edition colour exhibition book is available and recordings of the stories can be  streamed /downloaded from &


Self taught Brisbane Artist Wendy Donellan began painting in 2011 – her works were immediately popular with local, national and international buyers.  She found a ready market for her work in the resort city of Annecy, France (a short drive to Geneva, Switzerland).

Taking her inspiration from a childhood in Canberra, world travel and Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters her style has been described as “Sergeant Pepper’s meets the French Masters for a picnic.” Nadine Prisset, Gallery Owner Annecy, France.  Wendy will open her third international exhibition ‘C’est la Vie’ in Anncey, France in August.

J.M. DONELLAN is a writer, musician, poet, radio DJ and teacher. He was almost devoured by a tiger in the jungles of Malaysia, nearly died of a lung collapse in the Nepalese Himalayas, fended off a pack of rabid dogs with a guitar in the mountains of India. His works include the novels A Beginner’s Guide to Dying in India and Killing Adonis, the plays We Are All Ghosts and The Theory of Everything and the poetry collection Stendhal Syndrome.

TWELVE is a series of images and texts that intertwine to tell stories of hope and loss, land and sea, death and rebirth.

Friday night, 29th April 6pm – 8pm

Exhibition Dates
26th April ~ 7th May 2016

Woolloongabba Art Gallery
613 Stanley St
p: +61 7 3891 5551