Brian McKay AM (18.3.1926 – 10.3.2014)
Brian McKay . . . . Artist, human being, husband, father, grandfather, friend, colleague, visionary, teacher, mentor, social activist,
Brian was born in Meckering in 1926, and grew up in Northam Western Australia.
In 1961 was invited to join the 'Perth Group' with artists Guy Grey Smith, Robert Juniper and Tom Gibbons and in 1964,
He returned to Perth in 1975, joining the 'Praxis' group and in 1981 he became part of the legendary 'Media Space' Group.
Much of Brian's time over the past two decades was devoted to teaching painting and printmaking at Perth Central TAFE,
His love affair with ancient scripts and typography never left him, as any visitor to the expansive Central Park Building Foyer will experience.
McKay’s work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, The Art Gallery of Western Australia, Bunbury Regional Gallery,
A great conversationist with lots to tell, Brian exuded a charismatic charm which was loaded with a gentle but firm passion for what he believed in.
He was also writing his memoirs (Fremantle Art Centre Press)
Brian McKay was a passionate artist and a true believer in the importance of Contemporary Art in society and the rightful place of Art in the wider community.
He will be sorely missed.
Douglas + Magda Sheerer
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Brian McKay : A Self Portrait : Bunbury Regional Art Galleries : 16 July - 28 August 2011
ABC South West WA : 15 July, 2011
A simple man absorbed in the mysteries of creating art. That's one way of describing one of Western Australia's most celebrated artists.