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 ‘Flowerscape - A Vase of Blooms’, he envisions a vase of flowers. Vivacious and textual, this work recalls fellow painters of vases like Vincent Van Gogh, who felt acutely the beauty of a cut flower.
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, ‘Flowerscape - A Vase of Blooms’ is an inspired find.
Evan MACKLEY (1940 - 2019)
'Flowerscape - A Vase of Blooms'
oil on canvas board
Image Size: 38 x 25 cm
Dimensions: 38 x 25 cm
Signed: Signed lower right: MACKLEY
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Availability: in stock
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