Danielle Mckinney

Danielle Mckinney (b. 1981, Montgomery, Alabama) creates narrative paintings that often focus on the solitary female protagonist. In these intimate portraits, Mckinney captures the figure immersed in various leisurely pursuits and moments of deep reflection. Engaging with themes of spirituality and self, her paintings uncover hidden narratives and conjure dreamlike spaces, often within the interior domestic sphere. With a background in photography, Mckinney paints with an acute awareness of the female gaze, employing deeply colorful hues and nuanced details with cinematic effect.


Danielle Mckinney completed her BFA at Atlanta College of Arts in 2005 and her MFA at Parsons School of Design in 2013. Her work is in private and public collections including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel; and the Hessel Foundation Collection at Bard, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Her work has been included in the exhibitions Heroic Bodies at the Rudolph Tegners Museum, Dronningmølle, Denmark, IN A DREAM YOU SAW A WAY TO SURVIVE AND YOU WERE FULL OF JOY at The Contemporary Austin, Uncanny Interiors at Nicola Vassel Gallery, and Black Melancholia at Hessel Museum of Art. She is represented by Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York and Night Gallery in Los Angeles. Mckinney lives and works in Jersey City, NJ.