A fabulous collection of Phil McKay’s recent artworks on display here at the Corner Gallery from the 2nd to the 7th June, 2022. Open each day from 11am to 6pm. Official opening on Saturday, 4th June.
Phil McKay is a Sydney (Australia) based artist who works in acrylics and charcoal. He undertook 18 months study at the Julian Ashton Art School, followed by a number of short courses at the National Art School. Although Phil initially looked at traditional landscapes for inspiration, his current focus is on the urban environment. The urban landscape is a reflection of his childhood passion of wandering the streets of his neighbourhood and country towns where his relatives lived. He has a fascination with the angles roofs create against one another, and against the sky, and the unusual shapes and spaces created by streets and pathways.
Phil is an Associate Member of the Royal Art Society of NSW and a member of the St George and Randwick Art Societies. In 2014 Phil leased a studio in an artist complex in St Peters enabling expansion of ideas, experimentation in new styles and at-hand support and critique.
Phil draws his inspiration from the environment around him and from many artists, both past and present. The following, in particular, resonates with Phil.
“If you want to be an artist, you go to an art supply house and get some ink and some paper and pens, and a calligraphy brush and charcoal, and aim at virtually whatever is in front of you, the subject matter is not important. And then try and cheat and deceive and lie and exaggerate and most particularly distort as absolutely, as extremely, as you can. And after some six months or a year, or usually in a state of intense frustration, you’ll see something that you truly have never seen before, and that is the beginning of yourself, and that heralds the beginning of difficult pleasure.” – Brett Whiteley (1989)