"The Painter" (Jay McKay) by Kevin McKay

Hi everyone, regular followers of th AnArt4Life blog will be very familiar with the urban landscapes of Kevin McKay. Recently we introduced you to his son Jay's paintings and also showcased the paintings Kevin and Jay hung in a recent exhibition they called City and Sea. I have included links to these past posts at the end of this post.
Today, Kevin has a very special painting to show you -
Kevin McKay: "The Painter" (Jay McKay), 2024 Oil on canvas 80 x 60 cm

From Kevin we learn that:

My son surprised me with a series of seascapes that he painted for his Higher School Certificate. Titled “Blue Mind”, they came from dawn excursions to Cronulla’s shoreline, his place of emotional grounding during difficult High School years.

It was wonderful to discover he shared my passion for painting through which he celebrated the beauty he found in the midst of hardship. This thrill was heightened when his work was selected to be hung at the AGNSW - a distinguished achievement I am yet to achieve!

His special place I learned, was also my own so I depicted Jay preparing to paint the sea, framed by the Oak Park Pavilion, a feature I have painted repeatedly as a place of transformation. He is standing proud, however, in his own space before a blank canvas as the sun rises with all the promise of the rainbow that appeared above his shoulder.

Kevin continues:

I constructed the background with the aid of photographic reference and worked from life over several sittings to get the face and figure right.

The composition is divided at the horizontal third separating the architectural background that I like to paint from the main subject.

Before Kevin continues with his explanation of the painting - pleae reread what he has written above and then return to study the painting in detail - letting your eyes take you on your own journey around the composition - resting where you note a point of interest.

As Kevin points out:

Jay acknowledges our presence, even if it feels like we may have intruded on the creative genesis. The empty park bench suggest he might be open to company though - at a respectable distance.

Jay often begins by blocking in tones in thin shades of raw umber which we can see on his palette. We can also see a tube of deep blue in his box easel, Jay’s favourite colour, as well as orange, as every colour needs its complementary to contrast and to soften (by mixing).

I have contrasted the orangish light in the setting with patches of light blue sky and track suit pants of deep indigo while the yellow pavilion stands out against purplish clouds.

Windows sometimes appear like eyes. The three above Jay may allude to the mystical “third eye” that many artists seek - an inner vision that sees beyond the physical appearance of things.

The steps and railings have an Escher-like quality leading us around the architectural subject and into the suburban background, but in this moment Jay is basking in the light.

Kevin McKay, "The Painter" (Jay McKay), 2024
Oil on canvas 80 x 60 cm
(Portrait study, oil on board, 30 x 25 cm.)

Submission for the Archibald Prize 2024

Please check out these recent past posts on paintings by Kevin McKay and Jay McKay - each with their own very individualistic style will embrace you with their vision.

Jay McKay: “Blue Mind” ARTEXPRESS, Art Gallery of New South Wales
The AnArt4Life blog has an exciting new artist to introduce to you. Jay McKay is a young man with enormous artistic talent and has just been selected as just one of 50 students to be represented in ARTEXPRESS at the Art Gallery of NSW from over 8,000 applicants who submitted art for HSC assessment.
City and Sea with Jay McKay and Kevin McKay: A Shared Passion
Yesterday I introduced you to Jay McKay - an exciting new artist who is making his presence felt. Not only is Jay one of only 50 HSC students chosen to be represented in the ARTEXPRESS exhibition for 2024, he has also recently shared an exhibition of City and Sea with his father Kevin McKay.
City and Sea: Urban Coastal Environment by Kevin McKay
Regular viewers of the AnArt4Life blog will know well the wonderful urban paintings of Kevin McKay. And so it is with delight that we will showcase some of the urban landscape paintings he contributed to the City and Sea Exhibition with his son Jay McKay.
City and Sea: Visual Poems by Jay McKay
Today we conclude our review of the works by Jay McKay who is putting his personal stamp on the art world. We are so thrilled be be able to showcase some of the paintings from his City and Sea Exhibition which he and his father Kevin Mckay recently held in Sydney.

© Thank you to Kevin McKay for his assistance in bringing this painting to the subscribers and social media followers of the AnArt4Life blog.

We welcome your comments as do the artists who rely heavily on the views of people, such as yourselves who have the opportunity to see and learn the intimate details about a work of art.

At an exhibition you can enjoy (or otherwise) the visual experience of viewing a painting but rarely does the artist get the opportunately to share his or her detailed and intimate thoughts about their works which, if known, encourages the viewer into a deeper space within the image.

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