In this body of work the artist William Mackinnon directs his attention to the anatomy of the tree, zooming in on branches, trunks, and leaves. While all the paintings that make up this new body of work have the same dimensions and similar compositions, each of them takes on a profoundly different timbre from the next. William Mackinnon’s work is deeply personal and emotional, his paintings start with an intimate narrative charged with history and culture and this autobiographical foundation often evolves into something more autonomous and universal. The trees depicted in Mackinnon’s paintings are from places of personal significance and convey the complexity, richness and unpredictability of life, its twists and turns and its ever-rejuvenating force.
William Mackinnon: Modern Family, 20 May 2022 — 25 Jun 2022