‘Outlook’ by Lynsey MacKenzie
20 x 20cm, oil canvas, unframed
Lynsey MacKenzie’s practice is a combination of working from observation, memory, and intuition. Often one painting becomes a source for another. She is interested in the relationships between painting and time: the timelessness of painting, and the way that painting takes one out-with time, both as painter, and as viewer.
MacKenzie views paintings as ‘time batteries’, containing the labour and thinking time within them.
The passage of time brings about flux. Order tends towards disorder. MacKenzie works to capture a feeling of movement, of something fleeting, of nothing being quite pinned down. There is beauty in the brevity of things. In a sense the paintings trace time through motion-
slippages and spillage meets dry brush and areas of static flat plane.
MacKenzie is also celebrating painting itself. Both the materiality of painting, and the a temporal nature of contemporary painting, where, thanks to the internet, all languages of painting are available to us
simultaneously in a way they never have quite been before. This a temporality allows her to borrow and play with various painterly languages simultaneously and to stretch those languages apart. Lynsey MacKenzie graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2019 with a 1st Class BA (Hons) in Painting & Printmaking. She has participated in
residencies across the UK, and has recently exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporaries 2020.