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 Mackley started painting, fast earning a following for his sumptuous, naive-expressionist works. In ‘Big Day At The Show he paints a carnival. The scene is a flurry of life. Amid the attendants of people are rides and tents, painted like iced cakes, wavering in the excitement of a big day out.
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, ‘Big Day At The Show’ is an inspired find.
Evan MACKLEY (1940 - 2019)
'Big Day At The Show'
oil on canvas board
Image Size: 30 x 37 cm
Dimensions: 46 x 52 x 4 cm
Signed: Signed lower right: 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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