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Professional Art Services And Online Gallery Of Renowned Australian Artist Bill MacKay
About The Artist Contact The Artist
Art surrounds us. From the first primitive drawings on the walls of caves to the latest in computer generated fractal imagery, art has been a part of our daily lives for millennia. We build great temples and museums and pack them to bursting with every kind of art imaginable. We adorn ourselves, our homes, and our graveyards with it. We watch art movies, read art books, and eat artistic birthday cakes. We print artistic images in our daily newspapers, on the sides of buses, on our paper cups, even on our underwear. It forms a definitive component of our very existence as much as breathing and eating. It has the power to elate us, fill us with awe and inspire us. It is the signature of, and testament to, the great creative spirit that flows through..........and connects......us all.
About The Artist
Being an artist is not so much an occupation, as a way of life. It rules your perception of the world, the way you relate to everything around you, and is a fundamental mode of expression for your hearts innermost feelings. A language you give your life to mastering, but which is understood in the blink of an eye by the heart of the observer. Beyond the limits of words and culture, race and age it is the bond common to all humankind.
Bill Mackay
I have always been an artist, though I have had different occupations. I was born in the north of England, the son of a successful commercial artist. Encouraged by my early art teachers I won a place in the coveted Junior Artist Sponsorship Scheme at the Graves' Art Gallery in my home town of Sheffield. My artistic development continued alongside academic studies throughout my school years, becoming a hobby after embarking on a career at sea in 1976. As a Navigating Officer with the Cunard Steamship Company, I travelled the world in a variety of vessels, culminating with the famous Queen Elizabeth 2. In 1980 I emigrated to Australia continuing a life at sea, first in Government lighthouse supply vessels and later in geophysical research and oil exploration, with voyages extending to Antarctica and the remote South Pacific. Always continuing to paint in my spare time, my travels enabled me to expand my knowledge of art with informal study in such places as Germany, the USA, Spain, the Orient and North Africa, but more than this the experience I gained during those years has manifested itself in a diverse and multi-faceted range of subject matter, media and application.

In 1990 as Master Mariner, I retired from the sea and settled in Noosa, Queensland to concentrate on my art full-time. My work is represented by many local galleries and businesses and I am a regular participant in many of the annual national art exhibitions, where I have won many major awards. Commissions form a large part of my work, being mostly portraits and land/seascapes, but I have also produced giant wall murals, architectural frescoes and designer abstracts. My most popular images today are exotic portraits and figures, land and seascapes, particularly of Noosa and environs. I create images in all media; oils, watercolour, acrylic, pastel, charcoal, pencil etc., my favourite being oils and produce work ranging from miniatures to oversize canvases. I am particularly fond of incorporating precious metal leaf into my portraits and figure paintings.

Of course, art is not limited to paintings alone and I am often asked to provide artistic input on a range of alternative applications. More about this is detailed in the other sections; 'photography' & 'commercial art' accessed at the top of this page.

I also teach on a regular basis both privately and to local/ interstate art groups. In 1988 I founded the Noosa Artists Academy to provide a broad range of art-centred education to people of all ages. Classes covered all genres, all media, at all levels and to all ages. Students could choose to attend a structured course on a specific subject, have a course tailored to their specific needs, or just attend the popular social painting sessions. Everyone was welcome. IN early 2018 after 30 very successful and rewarding years the Academy was closed down to allow a relocation overseas.(Update pending)

My website Gallery shows most of my work currently available, and is updated frequently as sales occur and new paintings are finished. If there is something specifically you are interested in and cannot find, please do not hesitate to contact me. All my work comes with a valuation certificate, guarantee on workmanship and care instructions. Deliveries can be arranged at standard rates to anywhere in the world.
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