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Kane McLay

Kane McLay graduated in 2017 from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee Scotland with a BA Hons in Fine Art during which time he was awarded the John Kinross Scholarship to Florence, Italy. He also studied under the renowned artist and playwright John Byrne at the RSA and his studies then took him to Valencia, Spain where he completed a semester at UPV. Since graduating Kane has been prolific in making new work and has already taken part in groups shows around Scotland including the Royal Scottish Academy Open Show and Royal Glasgow Institute, Glasgow Compass Gallery and Gallery Heinzel, Aberdeen. His work  is held in private collections in London, Paris and Vancouver.

Why We love Kane’s Work
The breadth of Kane’s skills in painting, drawing and printmaking techniques is impressive and his work can stop you in your tracks! It also allows him to sensitively explore a different point of focus in each study; from the soft folds and creases of an ageing skin to the sculpted frame and vigour of the human body in its prime. The scale of each work directly relates to its mood. Finer studies are often presented as quiet small scale etchings or delicate pencil drawings that invite you to examine them closely – these pieces feel almost voyeuristic as though you’re witnessing an unknown person expressing emotions that range from untempered angst to serene contemplation. The larger works are high impact with raw bold lines that seem to carve at the paper, sculpting precise angles and proportions that capture the primitive in human gesture.

Kane’s work is at its simplest, is an intense study of the magnificent ‘machine’ that is the human body but look closer and the inky, awkward marks and jarring lines make it just possible to access the ‘animal’ that exists within all of us.

Exclusive to Curious Egg
We’ve been working with Kane to put together this beautiful selection of original drawings and monoprints that are exclusive to Curious Egg. Each piece is unique and was completed in the artist’s studio as a result of his ongoing exploration of the human form. All works are on fine art paper but mounting and framing can be arranged by request.

Kane McLay Portrait
Presence by Kane McLay

“Observing the human form through drawing, painting and printmaking. My aim is to make work that portrays the animalistic and primitive parts of ourselves that make up the ‘being’ in all animal and human life. Our truth. My work resonates with emotional intensity, emphasised using dramatic tonal contrast and abstract mark making, balanced alongside anatomical form and movement to portray the essence and changing presence of our primitive selves. The constant push/pull interplay between objective realism and abstract expressionism is where the need to return to drawing keeps my practice focused, original and true in order to continue developing.”

A state of unknown
In constant search for balance
Alone with the figure
On the knives edge we dance

Light and dark
Open and closed spaces
Slicing fractions of faces, switching their places
Erase these details

Out of my depth
Chasing control
Abstraction Reaction
Question the change

Kane McLay

Original Artworks