Rowland’s Dodo Version II by Tammy Mackay


Photopolymer Print 20/30
Image: 57cm x 77cm
Frame: 70cm x 90cm

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Tammy Mackay

“My work is a journey of feelings linked to an object, moment or past memory. Images are often conceptualised as a series, the most recent being my series called “HOPE and FEAR”. All are personal explorations of themes that are both layered in process and layered in meaning. Animals and birds have become central to my current work and convey a subtle symbolism within their depiction.

I have a passion for printmaking which has always been my main form of expression. Etching and monoprint have generally been primary mediums, but I have always experimented with new techniques. More recently I have used photopolymer plates and drypoint. These techniques are often combined with hand drawn or hand coloured chine collé. Exploring and developing new techniques opens up new possibilities which I feel are essential to my development as an artist and printmaker.

I grew up on a farm in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. I also studied in South Africa at Rhodes University, graduating with an Honours Degree in Fine Arts majoring in Printmaking. Although I now live in the UK, my work often reflects the imagery of where I grew up.

My work is exhibited in the UK and abroad. Recent exhibitions and art fairs include: The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (2019, 2015, 2014 & 2013), Royal West of England Academy, The London Original Print Fair, The Affordable Art Fair, The Other Art Fair, The Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair and the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition.

My work is held in many important private and public collections including the Scarborough Museum Trust, MTN print collection (South Africa), Rhodes University Alumni collection (South Africa).”

2020 “HOPE” (coelacanth) selected for the the Royal West of England Academy, The 168 Annual Open.
2019 “Lion” selected or the National Original Print Exhibition at the Bankside Gallery, London.
2019 “Untitled” Elephant selected for the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2019, Burlington House, London.
2015 “Everlasting” selected for the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2015, Burlington House, London.
2014 “Gone but not Forgotten” selected for the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2014, Burlington House, London. Invited by City and Guilds of London Art School for inclusion in the London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London.
2013 “Those Lost Forever” selected for the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2013, Burlington House, London.
2012 Work selected for the 2012 Bite: Artists Making Prints Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London.
2011 Work included in the 2011 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London.
2004 First solo exhibition of collected works in London.
1998 Print selected as part of a corporate collection (MTN – South Africa)
1993 Eastern Province Fine Art Society (South Africa) – Gold Award
1991/1992 University Bursary and Prizes for most promising artist and for achieving distinction.
1989 Santam Bank Art Award
1988 Apple Poster competition