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 'Windsurfers Repairs', he depicts a seaside scene. Windsurfers cluster on the beach, tending to their crafts while sailboats, their sails like butterfly wings flutter in the distance. The texture is generous, giving 'Windsurfer Repairs' a sense of immediacy.
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, 'Windsurfer Repairs' is an inspired find.
Evan MACKLEY (1940 - 2019)
oil on board
Image Size: 18 x 37 cm
Dimensions: 52 x 69 cm
Signed: Signed on beach umbrella, lower right: MACKLEY
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Availability: in stock
© The Artist or Assignee
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