190757 'View from 8 Paces"

'View from 8 Paces"

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“Cowards die many times before their deaths, the valiant never taste death but once” Julius Caesar – by William Shakespeare McKay’s series of paintings are a thought-provoking depiction of a ‘firing squad’ line of toy soldiers set against a backdrop of young boys’ wallpaper. The inspiration for the set of five still lives came when McKay was in his shed painting objects belonging to his recently deceased father. In digging around for further objects to commit to canvas he stumbled across the toy soldiers his own son played with when he was a boy. When he began painting them in 2010 news reports on the radio were reporting an unprecedented number of fatalities amongst the British soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. “It seemed to be constant”, notes McKay of the deaths, “the reports would end with ‘and the family have been informed’, which I think is quite abrupt as the news reaches the population while another family experiences a devastated feel of numb loss. The predomi
W 29.50" x H 16.75"
W 74.93 cm x H 42.55 cm
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About the Artist

Ian McKay 2000 - 2003 BA Hons Visual Arts Degree -Salford University RESIDENCIES 2006-2009 Artist in Residence Gorton Monastery Trust Manchester SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2012 Stockport Art Gallery ...

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