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Recent Works by Brian McKay exhibited at Galerie Düsseldorf
during November 2000
Born in Meckering in 1926, Brian McKay formed the Perth Group in 1961 with Guy Grey Smith, Robert Juniper and Tom Gibbons.
He later joined the Praxis group in 1976 and was also instrumental in the setting up of The Perth Institute of Contemporary Art.
A major survey of his work was held at the Art Gallery of WA in 1982.
He has spent much of this past decade engaged in major public art commissions examples of which are :
Perth Central Park Foyer
The recently installed 15 metre Penrose Impossible Triangle sculpture at the East Perth major traffic intersection roundabout.
Melville Shire Community Centre Sculptures on Canning Hwy and currently under construction a large ceiling sculpture for the
New Maritime Museum in Fremantle.
The new works shown recently at Galerie Düsseldorf have their genesis in the large art works in the foyer of the Central Park building in Perth,
commissioned in 1990 and painted on etched aluminium.
The works in this exhibition were also based on etched and dry point lightweight aluminium chosen because of its sensuous and reflective qualities,
adding depth to illusion, and in some instances colour, to a non-colour surface.
This is made possible by the way in which the artist has worked the surface of the aluminium in different directions allowing light to play its part in changing aspects of the work.
The addition or initial impregnation of oil based pigments into the distressed dry pointed areas adds another dimension to the picture plane allowing for
further interaction with the viewer as the work is observed from different angles and in different light conditions.
The work has a built in kineticism, where extra appreciation can be gained purely by moving.
Douglas Sheerer (M.A. Fine Art)
Director Galerie Düsseldorf
Director Australian Commercial Galleries Association (ACGA)
Chair The Association of Western Australian Art Galleries (AWAAG)
Chair ART01 - The Western Australian Art Fair in 2001