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Ian McKay

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Degree: BA Hons - Visual Arts University: Salford University Graduation Year: 2003

Ian McKay

Degree: BA Hons - Visual Arts
University: Salford University
Graduation Year: 2003

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McKay’s practice gives him an opportunity to convey his interests through visual means, using a diverse range of media, including paint, print and photography. Through a process of driven observation, his aim is to engage the viewer and increase understanding of the chosen subject matter represented in the works, his focus is to create a rapport and dialogue between his childhood memories, passage of erased hidden architectural past, and he is intent on capturing a place in time of changing locations. His experimental developed process explores each concept to generate visual interpretations of the subject matter, the fluidity of his work and its haunting sense of presence helps to create a sense of place, intimately depicting the lost, isolation and space of these locations.

He has exhibited internationally whilst embarking on his painterly journey,

His practice is disciplined by weekly Life Drawing sessions, he is inspired and influenced by a wide range of artists/photographers and film ,including  artists Turner, Matisse, Jasper John’s, Ed Rushca and Francis Bacon,  photographers  Tony Ray Jones , Martin Parr , and film makers Terence Davies , Ken Loach .      


Awards & Exhibitions

Ian McKay


2000 - 2003 BA Hons Visual Arts Degree -Salford University


2014 Cornerhouse Projects Programme, Manchester

2012 Stockport Art Gallery

2011 Saddleworth Museum & Art Gallery                                            


2007 MOHO space Urban Splash Manchester

2006 Troubadour Gallery Chorlton Manchester

2006 Saddleworth Museum & Art Gallery

2005 Sheffield University

2005 Walsall Artist Network

2005 Calder Gallery Hebden Bridge

2005 Blyth's Art Gallery Manchester

2005 Stockport Art Gallery

2004 Troubadour Gallery Chorlton Manchester

2004 Loaf Bar Manchester



2014 New Mills Arts Festival, Stockport, Greater Manchester

2012 ING Discerning Eye Mall Galleries London

2012 Stockport Art Gallery


2011 State of Flux Salford                                                                                   

2006 Ripple 04 Art Fair

2005 Saint Ouen Paris France

2005 Pilkington World of Glass Museum Coast 2 Exhibition St Helens

2005 Sefton Open Exhibition Atkinson Gallery Southport

2005 Stockport Art Gallery

2005 Keighley Arts College

2005 Exposure Gallery Swansea

2005 Ripple 03 Art Fair Marsden Yorkshire

2005 Salford Museum & Art Gallery

2004 Bloomfieldart Gallery Manchester

2004 Waterloo Gallery London

2004 Stockport Art Gallery

2004 Eighth Day Cafe Bar Manchester

2004 5a the Gallery St Helens

2004 Troubador Gallery Manchester

2004 Blue Wing Gallery Kew Gardens

2003 Sefton Open Exhibition Atkinson Art Gallery Southport

2003 Unit 17 Gallery Crewe

2003 Stockport Open Exhibition

2003 The New Academy and Curwen Gallery London

2002 Greon Gallery Manchester



2006 – 2009 Artist in Residence, Gorton Monastery Trust Manchester, England


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