'James Mackinnon blends the meticulousness of the Dutch Old Masters with the exactness of contemporary hard-edged urban realism. His carefully observed and subtly coloured studies are peculiarly compelling'.
David Buckman, author, 'Artists in Britain since 1945'
Born and living in London James studied Three Dimensional Design at Kingston Polytechnic and gained some experience in Design for Film & Television, before painting full time. He is the grandson of the highly regarded painter and teacher Hugh Mackinnon.
The paintings take the built environment and interiors as their inspiration. The initial focus has been London and the East End, although trips to New York, Northern Italy and Morocco have created a more universal approach. The images are realistic yet slightly dream like in their stillness and atmosphere. This quality seems to evolve instinctively during the painting process.
His influences range from painters such as Edward Hopper, James Pryde and Thomas Jones to an eclectic mix of British artists, notably Algernon Newton, Jock Mcfadyen and Donna Mclean.
His first solo
exhibition was in 1994, where he
Fields East - The Ghetto, a
large photographic model of an East End squatted neighbourhood. He
collaboration with the photographer Tom Hunter (John
Kobal Portrait Award
Winner). The model was subsequently purchased by the Museum
of London and is now on display in their 20th Century
Collection . Other
three dimensional works have been acquired by public
collections, including Cafe
Box (the Museum in the Docklands) and a ten foot high replica of
End tower block (The Hackney Building Exploratory).
. Other three dimensional works have been acquired by public collections, including Cafe Box (the Museum in the Docklands) and a ten foot high replica of an East End tower block (The Hackney Building Exploratory).
James currently exhibits with the COSA Gallery and the Millinery Works Gallery. Following the acclaimed reception of his work at Art 2007 at Islington's Business Design Centre he has continued to show with the COSA Gallery at the Art London Fair and at the BDC. He also continues to participate in the Millinery Works annual show each January. This commitment means that James planned major solo show will need to be re-scheduled for 2011.
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