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 'Blossom Day', he envisions a smattering of blushing flowers. 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, 'Blossom Day' is an inspired find.
Evan MACKLEY (1940 - 2019)
oil on board
Image Size: 37 x 33 cm
Dimensions: 65 x 60 cm
Signed: Signed lower right: MACKLEY
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Availability: in stock
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