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 ‘Sailing Off Shore’, he envisions a fleet of sailboats before a cityscape. Under Mackley’s palette knife, these buildings appear like stacked marbles. A swirling sky hints at a brewing storm as the boats, still now, prepare to tense.
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, ‘Sailing off Shore’ is an inspired find.
Evan MACKLEY (1940 - 2019)
'Sailing off Shore'
oil on canvas board
Image Size: 20 x 25 cm
Dimensions: 20 x 25 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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