The Henry Jones Art Hotel presents Phillip McKay’s latest exhibition: So it did warm up. Please join us for drinks with the artist on opening night; Wednesday 10th January 5:30-7:30pm. The exhibition will continue through until March with the artist creating new artwork onsite during this time.
Phillip McKay’s latest exhibition showcases work from the past 12 months that examines the impact of climate change. Dead trees, scorched cushion plants, bushfire, soil erosion, clear felling, dried up river beds and moody skies are the motifs that characterise his paintings. Though clearly the images are borne out of sensibilities derived from the Tasmanian landscape, there is an anxious and surreal look to his works. But rather than encouraging the viewer to avoid their anxieties, McKay’s desire is for the works to spark progressive change and serve as reminders of the challenges ahead – he invites the viewer to enter the painting and confront their anxieties noting that these works (though devoid of human beings) are ultimately addressing issues of human rights and social justice.
Phillip McKay is a Tasmanian artist who graduated from the School of Art, UTAS in 1999. He is a previous winner of the MONA scholarship and has been a finalist at the Mossman Art Prize, Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and Pro Hart Outback Art Prize. His works are included in public collections at MONA, Government House, Tasmania and in private collections in Sydney, Melbourne, Tokyo, London and Amsterdam. Alongside his professional practice Phillip has taught art in correctional and mental health facilities and within the Youth Justice system in Australia and in the UK.