Artwork by Arthur Fortescue McKay,  Untitled Mandala SA 79-413

Arthur McKay
Untitled Mandala SA 79-413

enamel on masonite
signed, dated 1979 and inscribed “SA-79-413” on the reverse
48 x 48 ins ( 121.9 x 121.9 cms )

Sold for $7,670.00
Sale date: November 20th 2018

The Collection of TransCanada PipeLines Limited, Calgary
The mandala imagery was one of the most popular motifs for Arthur McKay to explore in his practice. A member of the Regina Five, McKay worked closely with fellow member Ronald Bloore in the distinct exploration of abstraction in Canadian art. The pairs' influence on each other's work can be referenced in the approach with texture, the subtle variation of tone and the manipulation of light. McKay employed the palette knife to delicately and precisely work the viscous enamel to create the intricate mandala form. Similar to Bloore, there is a subtle nod to an archeological visual language in the shell-like patterning of the light and dark enamel and the organic imperfect roundness of the central form.

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Arthur Fortescue McKay
(1926 - 2000) Regina Five

Arthur McKay was born in Nipawin, Saskatchewan in 1926. His training included studies at the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art in Calgary, Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris, Columbia University in New York, and the Barnes Foundation in Pennsylvania. McKay taught at both the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina between 1950 and 1987.
McKay rose to prominence with his involvement as a member with The Regina Five painting group. He is most noted for his scraped enamel “mandalas” which utilize circular and rectangular formats to create highly contemplative images reflecting his interest in Zen Buddhism.