Allan Harding MacKay, Back to Banff Series D #2, charcoal, oil pastel, wax, chalk pastel, ink jet on paper
Throughout the month of February, during EXPOSURE Photography Festival and Banff’s SnowDays Festival, discover the mysterious world of Allan Harding MacKay. Back to Banff is a solo exhibition of mixed media works set in Banff, Nelson and Waterton by one of Canada’s esteemed visual artists. This evocative exhibition is on view at the Willock & Sax Gallery in Banff, February 1 to 28, 2015.
Allan Harding MacKay is attracted to transitions that seem to occur with the clash of weather systems and the formidable clouds and dramatic skies that result. The works are based on the observations and images he gathered from the viewpoint of his Banff studio or his time in Nelson or Waterton. He transformed the digital sources into the traditional materials of charcoal, chalk pastel, oil pastel, wax, and oil on paper. Harding MacKay’s search is to go beyond the pictorial experience. These are not literal landscapes; they rely on dramatic light, manipulation of form and references to 19th C. Romanticism to invoke feelings of quiet and fond meditations.
Part of Exposure Photography Festival and Banff's SnowDays Festival