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, earning a following for his sumptuous, naive-expressionist works. In ‘Summer Fun’, he pictures a fleet of sailboats on open water. So vivid is this work, that you can almost feel a sea breeze before it. The beach is busy, recalling the thick of summer when heat makes every view ripple.
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, ‘Summer Fun’ is an inspired find.
Evan MACKLEY (1940 - 2019)
oil on canvas
Image Size: 31 x 41 cm
Dimensions: 31 x 41 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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