Michael Daly Artist

The handmade marks of art are a joy for the child artist, the master and onlookers alike. It can be an awesome responsibility.
Art is play, consciousness, tradition and change.

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I’ve been creating art in Hawai`i for more than 33 years. I’m originally an Australia artist. I’ve been taking international portrait commissions on Oahu for the past decade. The pandemic disrupted things and during the lockdown I moved back to Kaua’i island where I used to live and work. The return is an opportunity to get back to my own painting and art happenings while still accepting outside art commissions.

Since early school days I’d been a fine artist and it’s an opportunity now to get back to painting my own expressions while still accepting outside art and portrait commissions.

Art has been a constant practice and companion for me. It became most evident during fourth grade that I succeeded in art. I enjoyed art, painting provided validation and I found my voice. Their came a buzz of artistic enthusiasm in Toowoomba and SE Queensland at the same time I was in high school. I attended summer art schools at the local college and at the University of Queensland. I was now mixing with adults and renowned Australian artists. I remember my first life drawing classes there.

My lectures made a great impact in developing my purpose and direction. I would carry forward an art idea I called Universalism.

My art career has somehow propelled my way through life and around the world. It’s connected me to wonderful people and fascinating places. I was accepted to a liberal art and design school in Melbourne, Victoria. Later I would travel worldwide and visited the great museums of art and other found galleries in some 40 countries. While living in New York City in 1985 I founded a hands-on community art initiative called The Lovelink Project.

My About page has the story in brief of my career and adventures.

I’ve been creating art in Hawai`i for more than 33 years. I’m originally an Australia artist. I’ve been taking international portrait commissions on Oahu for the past decade. The pandemic disrupted things (understatement) and during the lockdown and I moved back to Kaua’i island where I used to live and work. The return is an opportunity to get back to my own painting and art happenings while still accepting outside art commissions.

I’ve had a dynamic life and art career which includes being nested in an influential art environment during my school days and having contact with national artists who became my mentors. I made a mission I named universalism. I studied art in a liberal art school in Melbourne. I travelled to 40 countries in the 80’s. I began a community art initiative in NYC called The Lovelink Project. And I coordinate the annual Kaua’i EarthFest programme on Kaua’i.   

My About page has the story in brief of my career and adventures.

Portrait art

Julian Assange (detail) Charcoal on paper. 2017, 16.5 x14.5"
Walton Family, Three Siblings. 2017, Charcoal on paper.
Elvis Hawaii 1973. Pastel on paper, 2011, 27x19"

A commission of an original art portrait is a unique and gratifying engagement.  It is a lifetime honour for the subject/s.

Fine art

My portfolio of art stretches six decades and three continents from my early school days in Toowoomba, Australia to my more aged period now on Kaua’i island, Hawai’i. I have exhibited in Australia, New York, Switzerland and Hawai’i. I still have lots to say through my art.

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