Photo: Mark Lobo, Fitzroy, Melbourne, 2014.

Photo: Mark Lobo, Fitzroy, Melbourne, 2014.

b. 1981

Eamon Donnelly is an internationally acclaimed and award winning illustrator, designer, artist, photographer and Australian cultural archivist and historian. Donnelly has illustrated for some of the world’s most recognisable publications and brands including Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Billboard, Mens Health, Bloomberg Business Week, Sports Illustrated, Complex, ESPN, GQ, Runners World, Golden Plains Festival, Rip Curl, Red Bull, Mountain Dew, Maxim, Advertising Age, VH1 and Playboy. In 2010 his illustrated work for VH1 & Y&R New York earned Gold and a Silver Clio Award in New York, Silver at the Cannes Lions, In Book at D&AD and a finalist in the London International Awards.

As an illustrator he is represented by The Jacky Winter Group in Melbourne Australia. He has exhibited his work in Australia, UK and the USA with three solo show’s in Melbourne and Sydney. Donnelly has also worked in Art Departments for Film and Television, notably Channel 9′s Fat Tony & Co, 2014, and the upcoming feature film The Mule starring Hugo Weaving and Angus Sampson. He has written pieces on Australian culture for auction house Leonard Joel’s monthly newspaper and Melbourne culture website Three Thousand and he has spoken at the International Design Conference AGIdeas and various other design and illustration events in Australia.

Donnelly is also the founder and director of The Island Continent, an online archive for the Australian Image. Through The Island Continent he self published a small softcover photographic book in 2012 on the Australian Milk Bar titled Milkbar: A Photographic Archive Vol 1. (available to purchase here) which has been acquired by the State Library of Victoria and the Melbourne Museum Library for their collections and sold over 400 copies since it’s release.

The Milk Bar project has been written about in The Age, The Australian and The Daily Telegraph newspapers and he has spoken on ABC774, 3AW, Triple RRR and Sydney’s 2SER radio and Inside Art TV on Melbourne’s Channel 31. His Milk Bar photography and project was recently featured on Channel 9′s The Today Show which received 2,600 likes on their Facebook page with 700 comments from viewers sharing their Milk bar memories and photographs. Due to the overwhelming success of the first book and the project as a whole, he is currently writing and photographing Australia’s first and foremost coffee table book on the Australian Milk Bar titled ‘MilkBars’. In 2014 he was chosen to exhibit his Milk Bar photography across 520 flag banners in the City of Sydney for the annual Art & About Festival where he also spoke at a panel discussing Milk Bars at Sydney’s Customs House Library.


Graphic Artist The Mule. Hopscotch Films. 2014
Dir, Tony Mahony. Prod, Michelle Bennett, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell. Production Design, Paddy Reardon.

Graphic Artist Fat Tony & Co. Channel 9. 2014
Production Designer, Paddy Reardon. Art Director Juliet John.


Shop Small Australia launch, Sydney, 2017.
Print Symposium, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2015. 
Field Trip, ACMI, Melbourne, Australia, April 12th 2013. 
AGIdeas International Design Conference, Hamer Hall, Melbourne, Australia, 2010.
Billy Blue College of Design. Guest Lecture on Colour Theory and Symbols and Distribution, 2012.
Monash Department of Design, Faculty of Art & Design & Architecture. Guest 3rd year interview panelist, 2012.



Advertising Age, Alpha Media Group, American Airlines, American Way, Bauhaus, Billboard, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Blender, Buzz Products, Champion, CBS Interactive Inc, Chow com, Complex, D Magazine, Don’t Panic, Edible San Francisco, Elwood, ESPN, Golden Plains Festival 1 – 5, GQ, Harris Publishing,

Hungry Jacks, Is Not Magazine, Jetpilot, Just Group, King Magazine, Lifelounge, Madame Brussells, Maxim, Men’s Health, Monument, Mountain Dew, NewsWeek, Nike 6.0, Orange Coast Magazine, Owl, Movement, Piping Hot, Playboy, Playboy Enterprises Inc, Poketo, Radar, Redbull, Redbull Music Academy, Friends Of Redbull, Ripcurl, Rodale Inc, Rolling Stone USA, Rolling Stone Australia , Runners World,

The String Republic, Suburban, Tango, Communications, Triple J Mag, VH1, Y & R New York, Y & R Australia, H2O Just Add Water Jonathan M Shiff Productions, Channel 9, Hopscotch Films, Mr Smith Projects, Peters Ice Cream, Public Transport Victoria, American Express, Sports Illustrated.



2SER 107.3 Sydney, 11th October 2014. Australian Milk Bar Panel
The Sunday Telegraph, 21st September 2014. Milk Bars bring back the joys of the past in photographic exhibition in Sydney
The Weekend Australian, 20th September, 2014. Melbourne illustrator preserves the suburban Milk Bar 2SER 107.3 Sydney, 20th September 2014. Art & About The Milk Bar
Geelong Advertiser, 13th September 2014. Streets of our past
3AW, Nightline with Bruce Mansfield and Philip Brady. Talking Milk Bars
Inside Art TV, Channel 31, 11th March 2013. Eamon Donnelly’s Milk Bar Memorial
ABC 774 Melbourne. Evenings with Lindy Burns. Guest interview on Milk Bars
Broadsheet, Shop here for value and friendly service. Exhibition review, Tara Kenny
Triple RRR, Guest on radio show The Urbanists, discussing the Australia Milk Bar and it’s history & cultural significance
The Age, October 27th 2012. Long Goodbye to a Suburban Icon by Chris Johnston
Threethousand, 2012. Milkbar: A Photographic Archive Vol. Book review by Oscar Schwartz
The Age. Living in the 70’s
The Design Files. The Island Continent
Design Federation. Eamo Donnelly Interview
The Week. Arts, Where To Buy…Health Food Of A Nation!’
Threethousand. Interview ‘Health Food Of A Nation!’
The Age. Around The Galleries ‘Health Food Of A Nation’ A Great Mate Interview With Eamo, ‘Health Food Of A Nation!’
Design Reporter. Michael Desmond Feature, Eamo’s Ocker Funk
The Age. Interview, Taking A Crack At Aussie Blokes
Desktop Magazine. Interview, Welcome To Oz!
Academy For Men. Interview with Eamo
Computer Arts Magazine. Illustration, Today And Tomorrow
Poketo. Interview Eamo Is Aussie All The Way!!
Acclaim Magazine. Interview Eamo, Gum Leaves & Prawns
Thunder Chunky. Interview Eamo, The Wizard Of Oz
Wearetheimagemakers, Interview 5 X 5 With Eamo
Jmag. How To Be An Illustrator
Threethousand. Eamo Needs To Find Marty Monster (Found!)
Attitude Magazine. I Know, You Know, Eamo, Happy Lil’ Vegemite
V-raw. Don’t Just Dream
King Magazine, Contributing Illustrator
The Age. A2, A Matter Of Perspectives
The Age. A2, Reviews – The Forty Thieves


2010 Studio Arts Victorian Exam, Academy for Men, Acclaim Magazine, AGIdeas 20th Anniversary Book, Attitude Magazine, Australian Infront, Australian Edge, Broadsheet, Computer Arts, Design Federation, Design Is Kinky, Design Reporter, Desktop Magazine, Drawn, EMPTY Magazine, Expression College SanFran, Graphic Design Style Guide, Jmag, Juxtapoz online, King Magazine, Lost At E Minor, Monument, MX, Nice Produce, Orange Coast Magazine, Poketo, SemiPermanent, The Age, The Bigger Book of Fashion Illustration, The Brag, The Vine, The Week, Threethousand, Thunder Chunky, Trouble Magazine, Trunk Junk Quarterly, V-Raw, WeAreTheImageMakers, Workbook Illustration Annual, WGSN.


Solo exhibitions
Art & About, Sydney, Banner Gallery Artist, 2014
Shop here for value & friendly service. Carbon Black Gallery, Prahran, Melbourne, 2013
Health food of a nation! Lamington Drive Gallery, Melbourne, 2010

Group exhibitions
Australia Trophy Lives, The Hungry Workshop, Northcote, Melbourne
Pop Rocks, Urban Uprising Gallery, Surrey Hills, Sydney
40 Thieves : 3rd Offence, Melbourne
Milkbars, Laundromats & Urban Beauty, Melbourne Fringe
Wax Off, Greenwood Gallery, Lorne
Contains 12 Pcs, Gorker Gallery, Melbourne
Lamington Drive Group Show, Melbourne
The Jacky Winter Group Show, Carlton Gallery, Melbourne
Poketo Australian Series Launch, Robio, Melbourne
No Comply, No Vacancy, Melbourne
Heaps Decent, Kings Cross, Sydney
Extra Cheeese 1 & 2, Sydney
The Forty Thieves, Gorker Gallery, Melbourne
Semi-permanent Kids Today, MTV Gallery, Sydney
Annandale Hotel, Sydney
Because We Can, Somedays Gallery, Sydney
12 X 12, Ambush Gallery, Sydney
The Wall, Surry Hills, Sydney

The Wurstminster Dog Show, Portland, Oregon
Supertrash Film Festival, Portland, Oregon
Life, East Gallery, London
It’s Nice That, Plymouth, Devon


IN BOOK – BEST OF THE YEAR Illustration / Illustration for Press & Poster Advertising
‘The Wonderful World of VH1′ Y & R New York, New York.

GOLD ‘The Wonderful World of VH1’ Print Campaign. Y & R New York, New York.
SILVER ‘The Wonderful World of VH1’ Print Campaign, Individual. Y & R New York, New York.

SILVER ‘The Wonderful World of VH1’ Illustration. Y & R New York, New York.
SILVER ‘The Wonderful World of VH1’ Print Campaign. Y & R New York, New York.

FINALIST ‘The Wonderful World of VH1’ Print Campaign. Y & R New York, New York.

NOMINATED ’Golden Plains Music Festival the 4th’ Original Illustration & Type.

SHORT LISTED ‘Final Destination 3D’ Complex Magazine, Original Illustration.