Drew Mackie graduated from the University of Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Design and Architecture in 2017 with a BA Honours in Fine Art. He then went on to complete a Masters of Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art in 2018. He has exhibited consistently in shows across Scotland , the UK and Canada.
Why We love Drew’s Work
I first saw Drew’s work at his degree show which had a display of beautiful ceramic urns mounted on the wall. The surface of each had intricate plant patterns impressed into its surface bound within the earthy hues of ochre, dark greens and burnt umber. They were poignant pieces, at first decorative, then on closer inspection, their surface ‘etched’ with a more sombre and an important environmental message.
His work has continued to draw many inspirations from the natural world such as trees, rock formations and plants. A multi-disciplinary artist exploring printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, installation, bookmaking, digital and chemical photography, Drew’s meticulous attention to detail and careful selection of technique gives his work weight both in quality and meaning. The breadth of techniques he explores is truly impressive often intersecting the line between art and design.
Exclusive to Curious Egg
This exciting series of etchings by Drew Mackie is created using a specific technique (Photech etching) that allows the original photographic image taken by the artist to be etched onto a metal panel (plate) then inked up and printed onto beautiful textured etching paper.
Each image in this exclusive series is like a fragment in time, it’s torn edge balancing precariously between the decimation and fragile beauty of nature. The contrast of light and shadow in each creates the drama needed to draw us in and make us listen to a story that depends on us for a happy ending.
“The theme of the natural world is deeply rooted in my practice. In exploring a variety of materials and mediums, I aim to draw attention to the evolving relationship between personal creativity and environmental responsibility. I hope to highlight the beauty and fragility of our natural surroundings and how much we have to lose if we do not protect our environment for future generations.”