William Mackinnon

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Mackinnon combines the real and the imaginary to transform everyday experiences from mundane to an enigmatic other.

An undercurrent of magical realism echoes through William Mackinnon’s paintings. Drawing on personal experiences and the landscapes of his native Australia, Mackinnon’s paintings dwell in the space between the familiar and the unknown. Mackinnon combines the real and the imaginary to transform everyday experiences from mundane to an enigmatic other.

Mackinnon’s ‘psychological landscape’ paintings, as the artist refers to them, predominately portray landscapes and are vast in manners both terrestrial and emotional. Interweaving personal and cultural histories, his work absorbs the intensity of our present circumstances and ultimately seeks to convey how it feels to be alive in the world today. Trees and roads, recurring motifs in Mackinnon’s work, dominate scenes constructed from memory and materialise into the artist’s reflections on culture, heritage, family legacies and rivalries. Minute details, such as cracks in roads, potholes, roots and termite mounds become stand ins for tumultuous emotional states in which thoughts of trauma, pain, loss and longing are positioned alongside feelings of regrowth, regeneration and conscious reinvention of the self.

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An undercurrent of magical realism echoes through William Mackinnon’s paintings. Drawing on personal experiences and the landscapes of his native Australia, Mackinnon’s paintings dwell in the space between the familiar and the unknown. Mackinnon combines the real and the imaginary to transform everyday experiences from mundane to an enigmatic other.

Mackinnon’s ‘psychological landscape’ paintings, as the artist refers to them, predominately portray landscapes and are vast in manners both terrestrial and emotional. Interweaving personal and cultural histories, his work absorbs the intensity of our present circumstances and ultimately seeks to convey how it feels to be alive in the world today. Trees and roads, recurring motifs in Mackinnon’s work, dominate scenes constructed from memory and materialise into the artist’s reflections on culture, heritage, family legacies and rivalries. Minute details, such as cracks in roads, potholes, roots and termite mounds become stand ins for tumultuous emotional states in which thoughts of trauma, pain, loss and longing are positioned alongside feelings of regrowth, regeneration and conscious reinvention of the self.

Mackinnon’s paintings alternately inspire feelings of anxiety and calm, an interplay that at once draws the viewer in and pushes them out. Imposing trees and vast landscapes are both welcoming and menacing, revealing on one hand feelings of remoteness and abandonment, while on the other, the intimacy and domesticity of family life. Ultimately, Mackinnon’s work plays on oppositions: light and darkness; comfort and threat; that which is deeply personal, yet profoundly universal.

 

 

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