William Mackinnon: Modern Family

Hong Kong  20 May - 25 June 2022
Private view: Thursday 19 May 2022
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With this body of work, the artist continues a long-standing investigation into the motif, which takes on new meaning as the tree becomes the sole protagonist. Painted during a period of profound change in his personal life, these works are imbued with a new sense of growth and direction.

Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to present Modern Family, an exhibition of new works by William Mackinnon. For his first solo show in Hong Kong, Mackinnon presents eight paintings depicting trees. With this body of work, the artist continues a long-standing investigation into the motif, which takes on new meaning as the tree becomes the sole protagonist. Painted during a period of profound change in his personal life, these works are imbued with a new sense of growth and direction.

In this body of work Mackinnon directs his attention to the anatomy of the tree, zooming in on branches, trunks, and leaves. In addition to his oft-used media of oil, automotive enamel and glitter, the artist explores screen-printing techniques, a practice new to him and for which he takes sections of his own existing paintings as a starting point. Using linen, jute and copper as a support, Mackinnon then collages new painted forms into the composition, some slowly take the shape of naked trees with knotted trunks and splitting branches, others blooming with richly shimmering leaves.

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