Biography

Biography

Born in the Highlands of Scotland in 1979, I recall drawing from an early age; obsessively drawing and re-drawing pictures, trying to achieve perfect scale and interesting ways of devising images.

Through this compulsive process, and drawing on my education in illustration and design (Edinburgh’s Telford College 1997-99). In the summer of 2001 I took the plunge holding a solo show in Grantown-On-Spey museum with landscapes in watercolours and ink. For the next 9 years I continued with landscape painting achieving some commercial success, holding a variety of shows throughout Scotland, gaining some great commissions from members of the exclusive Carnegie Club, amongst others. But when I wasn’t painting landscapes I was sketching a different world. One that needed to be explored. In 2010 I relocated to london deciding to use my lifelong nickname ‘Mackie’ to pursue this new concept. Ive since returned to my real name though. Just a phase.

In a great 2014 I made a real breakthrough winning the National Open Art Competition and taking part in the John Moores Prize.

Solo exhibitions include ‘Where we Belong’ with Bo.Lee Gallery at Miami Pulse, ‘You were shit in the 80s’ and ‘We were the Coca Cola’ at The James Freeman Gallery, London, 2015 and 2016, and The Hayhill Gallery, London, in 2013. My work has been included in numerous group shows including ‘Here Today…’ curated by Artwise, Art16 with Bo.lee Gallery, The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, and the Lynn Painters Stainers Prize. Collections include Simmons & Simmons, selected by previous Turner Prize judge Stuart Evans; The Ivy in London; and the family of John Moores.

Artists Statement (June 2016)

My paintings are an exercise in attraction. Through them I am constantly searching for new ways of communicating with the viewer. By seducing them with my imagery, I try to create a new visual language with the power to pique their attention and make them stop to ask: why? Desolate landscapes, decrepit houses, and incongruous moments of glory come together to suggest the presence of a narrative that exists as much in the viewer’s mind as in the painting. This is how I aim to use my works: as the space for an imaginary dialogue between strangers.

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Awards & Nominations

2016 December – Pulse Prize Nominee – Miami
2016 January – W. Gordon Smith Award contestant – Dovecot Gallery, Edinburgh
2014 The Towry Award for best in show at The National Open Art Competition
2014 John Moores Painting Prize 2014 contestant – Walker Gallery, Liverpool
2014 Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize contestant – Mall Galleries, London

 

Solo Shows

December 2016 – “Where we Belong” Bo.Lee Gallery at Pulse Miami
October 2016 – “We Were the Coca Cola” James Freeman Gallery, London
March 2015 – “You Were Shit in the 80’s” The James Freeman Gallery, London
April 2012 – Hayhill Gallery, Cork Street, London

 

Selected Group Shows

2016

Petrichor – Bo.Lee Gallery @ Greek Street
The National Open Art Competition, Mercers Hall, London
Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London
Bo.Lee Gallery @ Art16, Olympia, London Mono no aware @ Bo.Lee Gallery HQ
Silk @ James Freeman Gallery, London
Bo.Lee Gallery @ London Art Fair

2015

Art on a Postcard, Soho Revue, London
The National Open Art Competition, Royal College of Art, London
Abditory @ Bo.Lee Gallery, Dulwich, London
The Royal Academy Arts  Summer Exhibition, London
James Freeman Gallery at the Ivy Club, London Book Fair, Olympia

2014

Here Today… The Old Sorting Office, London, W1
Miniare @ Bo.Lee Gallery, The Crate, Notting Hill, London
The James Freeman Gallery, Upper Street, London
The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London
Caiger Contemporary Art, Battersea, London
The Hayhill Gallery, Baker Street, London

2013

The Hayhill Gallery, Baker Street, London
Eton Contemporary Art Gallery

2012-2006

Hayhill Gallery, Cork Street, London
The Carnegie Club (landscapes)
The House of Bruar (landscapes)
Highland Mori Museum (landscapes)

 

Collections

Simmons Contemporary
Mr and Mrs Barney Moores
Vanessa Branson
The Ivy (London)

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