31 May Update: Bruce Mackay
Known for his incredibly detailed pen & ink illustrations, Cape Town based artist Bruce Mackay has been experimenting with new styles and techniques for recent work ranging from the editorial to the exhibited.
His latest is a night-set series of illustrations titled The Love Between You and I in response to the Attack In Black song. The images were made for Forage Press, an online publication that invites creatives across the globe to produce original and exclusive artwork inspired by music. Bruce says, “I have always felt a sense of longing in Attack In Black’s music. A mix of sadness and anger over loss and a subtle feeling of hope that comes out of it. I’ve interpreted it with a series of drawings that narrate the emotions I get from their music. Lost youth and missing friends and the hope that you might get those things back one day, that things are not lost, that decay can be reversed.”
ZA+MX is an upcoming group exhibition which marks an art and design collaboration between South Africa and Mexico; two countries steeped in rich cultural heritage. Bruce, along with another 5 South African artists, was paired up with a Mexican artist. The pairs had to swop local proverbs with each other and create two pieces (one illustrated and one type based) illustrating their understanding of each other’s proverb.
The results will be exhibited and sold as screen printed posters in South Africa and Mexico later this year. The project aims to show what each nation understands about the cultural dynamics of the other and build a camaraderie spirit between the artists in both countries. The proverb Bruce received was Voy derecho y no me quito, si me pegan me desquito, which he says, “as far as I understand means heading towards one goal with no regrets or reservations about stepping on people to achieve your goal.”
Other recent works of Bruce’s are editorial illustrations for ELLE magazine and The New York Times.
For more visit www.behance.net/brucemackay