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Artist Statement

Ian McKay is an Artist based at Rogue Artists’ Studios, Manchester.


McKay’s practice gives him an opportunity to convey his interests through visual means, using a diverse range of media, including paint, print and photography. Through a process of driven observation, his aim is to engage the viewer and increase understanding of the chosen subject matter represented in the works, his focus is to create a rapport and dialogue between his childhood memories, passage of erased hidden architectural past, and he is intent on capturing a place in time of changing locations. His experimental developed process explores each concept to generate visual interpretations of the subject matter, the fluidity of his work and its haunting sense of presence helps to create a sense of place, intimately depicting the lost, isolation and space of these locations.

He has exhibited internationally whilst embarking on his painterly journey,

His practice is inspired and influenced by a wide range of artists/photographers and film, including artists Turner, Matisse, Jasper John’s, Ed Rushca and Francis Bacon, photographers Tony Ray Jones and Martin Parr, and film makers Terence Davies, Ken Loach.

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