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5-color silkscreen on Somerset Satin, paper size: 29 1/2 x 22” (75 x 55,5 cm), image: 22 1/2 x 15” (57 x 38 cm), printed by Bernie Reid, Edinburgh, Scotland, Ed. 60/XX, signed and numbered

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“Well, of the top of my head, there’s a connection with certain currents in British Painting – artists such as R. B. Kitaj and Stanley Spencer – and with German painters like Otto Dix or the Austrian, Gustav Klimt. On top of this, I’m interested in processes, in the production of pathos – as in the work of Käthe Kollwitz, for instance. One characteristic of my paintings is certainly the use of trompe-l’oeil effects, flat picture grounds, and a form of literalness. I like insidiousness and things that are supposed to manipulate the viewer. But probably the biggest influence on my painting technique is my dilettantism.” Lucy McKenzie, interview with Isabelle Graw Parkett No. 76, 2006

Lucy McKenzie (born 1977) is an artist based in Brussels.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, McKenzie studied for her BA at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee from 1995–1999 and at Karlsruhe Kunstakademie in Germany in 1998.

McKenzie first came to prominence when she won the EAST award at EASTinternational in 1999 which was selected by Peter Doig and Roy Arden. She has since shown work in many exhibitions “The Dictatorship of the Viewer” at the Venice Biennale, Becks Futures 2000 in London, Manchester and Glasgow and “Happy Outsiders” at Zacheta Gallery in Warsaw. She has exhibited internationally at galleries and museums including Tate Britain in London, Kunsthalle Basel in Switzerland and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. She is represented by Cabinet in London and Daniel Buchholz in Cologne.

In 2013 McKenzie exhibited at Tate Britain in ‘Painting Now: Five Contemporary Artists’.

The Art Institute of Chicago featured McKenzie in 2014 in an exhibition entitled focus: Lucy McKenzie. (Source: wikipedia)

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