Pink Tiger Lilies with Red Elephant
By Lucinda Mackay

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Year
1982
Media
Oil Painting
Subject Matter
Domestic and Home
Reg. Number
G392
Size
127 x 127 cm

Unlike most of Mackay's paintings, this piece uses geometric lines that generate a contrast with the organic elements in the composition. With these lines she depicts three planes that create perspective. The different colours in the background also help to create light and shadows, whilst the diagonal line adds dynamism to the painting. It forms a frame that could be the view from an outside window, allowing you to see through to the inside.

The fluorescent colours and electric tones of blue and purple contrast with the pastel tones used for the Tiger Lilies which make these flowers the most delicate and brightest part of the painting. On closer inspection you can see it has a uniform texture, as the colours are blended smoothly to produce various shades. This piece shows her eagerness to constantly experiment with various techniques and compositions.

Lucinda likes to depict everyday scenes and also enjoys painting portraits in public from life, using oil, ink and watercolour. Her portraits are full of vivid texture. She enjoys travelling with her sketch book and has drawings from her trips to Far East and Turkey. Lately she has done live sketches of musicians in oil and pastels, which express the feeling and energy of the performers. She is very interested in plant life and often includes colourful plants and flowers into her compositions. She has recently studied Advanced Botanical Illustration at the Royal Botanic Garden.

Lucinda MacKay was born in Berkshire in 1941 and raised in South Ayeshire, Cambridge and Switzerland. She studied Fine Art at Edinburgh University, where she graduated in 1965, and completed a postgraduate year at the Central School of Art and Design in London in 1974. Her work has been exhibited at venues in London and Edinburgh, including the Italian Institute, Edinburgh, the Scottish Gallery, the Royal Scottish Academy and the Queen’s Elm Gallery. In 1964, she produced a prize-winning painting in a public art competition to commemorate the opening of the Forth Road Bridge. She has travelled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Russia, Turkey and the East Asia. She has exhibited in London, the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh and The Randolph Gallery. She had a solo exhibition at The Torrance Gallery in 1995, where she presented her work on urban life in Edinburgh and Venice. Her private commissions have included portraits of the author Alexander McCall Smith, Professor Peter Higgs, who proposed the existence of the Higgs boson particle, and Sir Robert Grieves.

She often paints still lives in sumptuous oils, utilising bold brushwork and vibrant colours to depict plants and flowers. She has also taught classes on ceramics, art and design in schools and colleges, and lives and paints in central Edinburgh. In her spare time, she likes to play bridge and scrabble and write poetry.