The LODGE is proud to be showing Behind the Screen, the Los Angeles debut solo exhibition for acclaimed Australian artist David McKay, opening on 16th May 2015. 

Inspired by the idea that so much of our lives is consumed through a screen, and what we see is behind a piece of glass, McKay’s works are collection of vivid, colorful painted landscapes. They are rendered on clear plexiglass in an application of loose impressionistic brushstrokes that amplify the contrast to the perfection of the digitally transmitted image behind the screen.

The imagery pays homage to the landscapes of his adopted home in the northern hemisphere depicting autumnal orchards, rich blossom and vibrant Californian desert landscapes.  

The technical challenge of painting these works in reverse, where the last brush stroke is painted first, along with McKay’s characteristic sense of bold colour and imagery are reflected in the almost pointillistic, painterly stylisation. 

Gallery Director, Alice Lodge said: “David is a wonderful painter. His work always engenders a feeling of warmth and beauty with a clear contemporary message. These paintings have a jewel-like quality, which almost glow as if they were illuminations – they have a broad and deep resonance. He has a strong following in Australia and I am delighted we are hosting this, his inaugural LA show.”

There will be an artist reception on 16th May 2015 6 – 9pm. 

David McKay has exhibited widely in Australia, New York, London, Japan and Mexico. His graphic work was used extensively by surfwear label Mambo. He has also had a parallel career as an award winning production designer on feature films and television series.