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The Coningby Gallery

David McKay

Monday 28th June - Saturday 3rd July 2004

McKay’s work has become synonymous with popular youth and surf culture. His unique style and dry wit has helped define and drive the irreverent and cult surf wear label, Mambo for over fifteen years.
After completing several large-scale public commissions in Australia, he designed and painted the 2003 celebratory ceiling mural for the Mambo flagship store in London. It can be seen in the Carnaby Street store.
The 2001 prestigious BHP Australia Art on Steel People’s Choice was MacKay’s most recent award and his work is held in significant public collections throughout Australia. He has exhibited in Sydney, London, New York, Tokyo, Mexico and Florence through group and solo shows. This is his first solo show in London.
McKay uses his extensive travels as a director for film, music video and television commercials as inspiration.
Born 1959, Sydney.

Exhibition Profile: David McKay
Stylistically paraphrasing cultural clichés and iconic images, David McKay creates an alluring pastiche alive with colour and form in his current exhibition ‘Life’s Rich…’. He plays with themes of intimacy, innocence, trust and menace as he isolates his subjects from reality.
Bold, painterly interpretations of cultural Mexico and India were early carriers of McKay’s work. Over the years, it has evolved to celebrate the eye-candy confections of pop culture, which he infuses with fecund and seductive floral and symbolic imagery.
In ‘Life’s Rich. . .’, he juxtaposes his vibrantly charged iconic and traditional themes on diverse mediums including thrift store and mass produced machine woven tapestries and lustrous automotive enamelled canvas with hot rod pin striping.
The relationship he creates between medium and subject is always beguiling and often potent. You get the feeling you can reach right in and touch. It’s this kind of immediacy, infused with the tensions inherent in his subjects, that makes his new work so appealing.

The Coningby Gallery
30 Tottenham Street

tel: 020 7636 7478

Gallery Opening Hours: 9.30am - 5.30pm Monday-Friday
11.00am - 4.00pm Saturdays


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