The Mental Landscapes of William Mackinnon

The Mental Landscapes of William Mackinnon
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Trees, roads and landscapes inspired directly by the artist’s experiences, by nature and reality, while still wanting to go beyond physical confines and the tangible, are the protagonists of the first personal exhibition in China of the Australian artist William Mackinnon. With his characteristic work, Mackinnon transforms daily experiences from banal to enigmatic - in his paintings, familiar landscapes depart from highly detailed figurative work to embrace an almost-abstract highly expressive style. In these landscapes of the mind, created with tones that range from brown to white, from green to blue, every detail counts. Cracks in the street, holes, roots, rocks, water, leaves, signs, rainbows and termite nests become symbols of tumultuous emotional states evoking traumas, pain, loss and desire, all coexisting with a sense of new growth, regeneration and renewed self awareness. The paintings of Mackinnon play with dichotomies - light and darkness, anxiety and calm, comfort and menace. Thanks to the sensitive gaze of the artist, even what is profoundly intimate and personal is captured in its universal essence.
Manuela Lietti - © 2021 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Beijing