John Mackie was born in Glasgow in 1953 and studied at the Glasgow School of Art under David Donaldson. From 1976-1977 he travelled and worked in the United States under a travelling scholarship from the Scottish Arts Council. His paintings are more than a mere record of light and shade; with his wonderfully rich palette, he can convey the heat and dust of a Provencal meadow, the bustle of a market or the lapping of a Venetian waterway.
John Mackie`s exhibitions include Walker Galleries (1996, 1995, 1994), Thompsons Gallery, London (1994), Royal Scottish Academy (1985, 1975) and galleries in Michigan and Detroit. Portrait commissions include Duncan Miller, Glasgow City Chambers (1975) and D M Kelly, Lord Provost of Glasgow (1982).
When, as a boy of nine, attempting to put paint on canvas I was so excited, so desperate to convey my appreciation of the vibrant colour that seemed to be all around me.It`s still the same today, 41 years later. My brushes have evolved from the matchsticks that I chewed into little brush-like ends but that same child-like excitement makes me shiver when I see a Venetian Blue or a shimmering light dancing through some trees.
1974 Royal Glasgow Instituite
1975 Royal Scottish Academy
1976 20th Centuary Scottish Drawing
1978 John D. Kelly Gallery, Glasgow
1979 Gallery Four, Linlithgow
1980 The Harbour Gallery, Leicestershire
1982 The Torrance Gallery, Edinburgh
1983 The Fountain Restraunt, Glasgow
1985 The Royal Schottish Academy
1986 The Inverbeg Gallery, Loch Lomond
1987 Duncalfe Gallery Autumn show
1988 Duncalfe Gallery, Harrogate
1989 Inverbeg Gallery, Loch Lomond
1990 Gallery 454 Detroit, U.S.A.
1991 North Seas Gallery, U.S.A.
1992 Walker Gallery, Harrogate
1993 Gallery 454 Detroit, U.S.A.
1994 Walker Gallery, Harrogate
1994 Thompsons Gallery, London
1995 St. Andrews Fine Art, Scotland
1996 North Seas Gallery, U.S.A.
1997 The Thomson Gallery, London
1998 Hinnighofen Gallery, Frankfurt
1999 Walker Gallery, Harrogate
2000 St. Andrews Fine Art, Scotland
2001 John Noot Gallery, Broadway
2002 The Waterford Gallery, Manchester
2003 The James Gallery, Dublin