Jay MacKay

JUNE 1, 2012 - AUGUST 24, 2012

Reception: SEPTEMBER 28, 2016 at 12:00 AM



Artist Statement Since childhood drawing and painting have empowered and transported me into a protected place of self expression. Presently I paint from photographs that I take while wandering around the city. I am drawn to the patches of sunlight and shadows cast by buildings both interior and exterior. I find solitude and shelter in these hidden spaces and moments. This is the passion that drives me to surrender to the vulnerabilities of the creative process and put myself onto the canvas for all to see. Artist Background As an adolescent I took private oil painting lessons at The Jean Lee Gallery in Stow, MA. I received a BFA in Illustration and Design from the University of Lowell (UMASS). I have also studied at The Worcester Art Museum, Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park and The East Side Art Center. I have participated in a few group shows many years ago but a successful career in the graphic arts consumed the majority of my creative energy. I have since changed careers and in February of 2009 picked my paint brush up again to paint seriously. The Open Painting 2010 Exhibition at The Providence Art Club was my debut into the Providence art scene where I received an Honorable Mention for my 36×48 oil painting entitled Crossing Holden. Since May of 2010 I have been showing and selling my work at Studio Hop on the East Side, Providence. This artist presents the calm beauty and dignity of old buildings in this study of urban architecture. Through his use of perspective, dimension, light, and especially shadow and bold color, it reminds us of Edward Hopper’s buildings but feels very much of the 21st century. – Jeanne C. Potter, Gallery Director at The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport and juror for Open Painting 2010, Providence Art Club January 17, 2010 Reception: Sunday, June 10th 1:00 -4:00 pm