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Art Review: Andrew Mackenzie @ Sarah Myerscough

Tabish Khan
By Tabish Khan Last edited 50 months ago
Art Review: Andrew Mackenzie @ Sarah Myerscough
Andrew Mackenzie Dog Falls in Half Light, 2012. Courtesy Sarah Myerscough.
Andrew Mackenzie Dog Falls in Half Light, 2012. Courtesy Sarah Myerscough.
Andrew Mackenzie, Crimson Reservoir, 2012. Courtesy Sarah Myerscough.
Andrew Mackenzie, Crimson Reservoir, 2012. Courtesy Sarah Myerscough.
Andrew Mackenzie, Divach Falls (Fence), 2012. Courtesy Sarah Myerscough.
Andrew Mackenzie, Divach Falls (Fence), 2012. Courtesy Sarah Myerscough.
Andrew Mackenzie, Plodda Falls, Viewing Platform, 2012. Courtesy Sarah Myerscough.
Andrew Mackenzie, Plodda Falls, Viewing Platform, 2012. Courtesy Sarah Myerscough.
Andrew Mackenzie, Reservoir (Cadmium Orange), 2012. Courtesy Sarah Myerscough.
Andrew Mackenzie, Reservoir (Cadmium Orange), 2012. Courtesy Sarah Myerscough.
Andrew Mackenzie, Reservoir (Green), 2012. Courtesy Sarah Myerscough.
Andrew Mackenzie, Reservoir (Green), 2012. Courtesy Sarah Myerscough.

Andrew Mackenzie produces washed out natural landscapes and augments them with layers of geometric designs and brightly coloured trees to create a surreal and eye-catching ode to humanity's impact on nature.

All of the man-made structures in his paintings are presented in a semi-transparent fashion, a comment on the fact that people may alter the landscape but nature will always persist despite it. Many of his wire-frame additions are based on existing structures such as a fence that permits viewers to safely observe a raging waterfall.

Mackenzie uses searingly bright colours to draw the viewer's attention to a particular battle in the foreground, with the linear structure trying to contain a tree as it breaks through.

Considering contemporary landscape is often seen as a tired genre, it's great to see an artist that breaks the mould and presents work with a visually distinct style.

Andrew Mackenzie: Silver between the Falls is on display at Sarah Myerscough, 15-16 Brooks Mews, W1K 4DS until 3 November. Admission is free.

Last Updated 05 October 2012