ANDREW MACKENZIE was born in Banff, north east Scotland, and graduated with an MFA from Edinburgh College of Art in 1993. He lives and works in the Scottish Borders. He is a painter whose work mines a territory between pure abstraction and representation. His work (paintings, drawings, lithographs, etchings and wall-drawings) responds to the landscape and overtly acknowledges the constructs through which it is seen. His work has been included in important group exhibitions, and he has shown widely in the UK and abroad.
He has received several research and development awards, and has works in many collections, including The Fleming Collection and The University of Edinburgh.
Solo exhibitions include Temporary Structures( 2017) and Veined With Shadow Branches(2014), both with Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London. His critically acclaimed sell-out solo show, Delicate Ground, with Amber Roome Contemporary Art was part of the 2006 Edinburgh International Festival. Others include Sunlight on Grey-painted Steel, Watching Water Rise at The Talbot Rice Gallery Round Room, Edinburgh, 2003, and New Work, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Leeds, 2002.
Group shows include The Salon Fair, New York with Sarah Myerscough Gallery, 2018; Converge2016 at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh; Curved Stream at Traquair House, Innerleithen, 2015; Abstraction from Architectureat Edinburgh Printmakers, 2015; Space//Squaredat White Space Gallery, San Francisco, 2014; Wider Than a Postcard, Breeze Block Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 2013; Drawn Away Togetherat the Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, 2013; A Parliament of Lines, at RMIT Gallery, Melbourne and The Pier Art Centre, Stromness, 2013;Evaluation of Space, Rochester Art Gallery, 2012; The Secret Confession, Edinburgh College of Art, 2010; RSA Annual, Edinburgh, 2011 (invited artist); Fleming Collection Summer Show, London, 2011; New Commissions from Edinburgh Printmakersat Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop, 2009; The Birthday Party, The Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, 2004; Viewpoint, National Galleries of Scotland, Banff, 2005; ArtFutures, The Contemporary Art Society, London, 2003, and Past Standingat The Changing Room, Stirling, 2003.
Awards include a Visual Arts and Craft Maker Award in 2015, several Scottish Arts Council awards, a Hope Scott Trust Award and an Arts Trust Scotland Award. In 2014 he won a major commission for a building on Sloane Square, and in 2011 made a large piece for Crown House, an office building on Kingsway in London.
He is currently project artist for the Hawick Flood Protection Scheme.
Collections include The University of Edinburgh, Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow, The Fleming Collection, The Royal Academy, Edinburgh City Art Centre, Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh Academy and the Bank of America.
His next solo exhibition is with The & Gallery, Edinburgh in 2019.
He is president of Visual Arts Scotland, and has curated exhibitions at Summerhall, Edinburgh and the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.