Based in Horsham, Western Victoria, Evan Mackley was a renaissance man. He collected everything from motorcycle parts to bank notes, coins and stamps, was the proprietor of a successful restaurant, gallery and antiques shop and even played a big drum in a kilt.
In 1990, Mackely started painting, earning a following for his sumptuous, naive-expressionist works. In ‘A Field of Spring’, he heads to the bottom of the garden. Here he finds a smattering of blooms. So vivid are these blooms, that you can almost smell through the canvass. The texture is generous, reminiscent of iced cupcakes.
Like fellow outsider artist Pro Hart, Mackley speaks to the often overlooked rural experience. He is self-taught, reared on farmland and untethered from the city’s aesthetic preoccupations. In an obituary, Bill Ower described Mackley as a unique character, “with imagination and eccentricities” and who does things his own way. For collectors of naive-expressionism, rural Australian art and admirers of the underdog, ‘A Field of Spring’ is an inspired find.
Evan MACKLEY (1940 - 2019)
'A Field of Spring'
oil on canvas
Image Size: 61 x 51 cm
Dimensions: 61 x 51 cm
Signed: Signed lower left: MACKLEY
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Availability: in stock
Condition:As New: The work of art is in the same immaculate condition as when it was created. This could be the description for a work of art that may have been in storage for years, never sold on the market but may still be some years old.
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