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Lucy McKenzie

British, b. 1977

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Lucy McKenzie

British, b. 1977

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Scottish painter Lucy McKenzie examines utopian ideas of the past and symbols of power in works based on 20th-century avant-garde painting, poster design, graphic logos, and elements from architectural design. For Depeche Mode Night (1999), McKenzie painted a concert poster over an anonymous abstract painting; and in a series of paintings illustrating the ceremonies of the 1980 and 1984 Olympics held in Moscow and L.A., which were respectively boycotted by the U.S. and the Soviet Union, McKenzie points to nostalgia for Cold War ideology. “For me painting is a means to an end, and my use of it changes frequently,” she has said. In other work, she has created scale models of iconic architectural structures, such as the Villa Muller in Prague, and replicated and synthesized existing architectural design elements. In 2008 McKenzie launched Atelier E.B. with the designers Beca Lipscombe and Bernie Reid, a company that works on fashion and design projects. She is also a curator and the founder of a record label.

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Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and 2 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
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Artforum, and 2 more
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Biography

Scottish painter Lucy McKenzie examines utopian ideas of the past and symbols of power in works based on 20th-century avant-garde painting, poster design, graphic logos, and elements from architectural design. For Depeche Mode Night (1999), McKenzie painted a concert poster over an anonymous abstract painting; and in a series of paintings illustrating the ceremonies of the 1980 and 1984 Olympics held in Moscow and L.A., which were respectively boycotted by the U.S. and the Soviet Union, McKenzie points to nostalgia for Cold War ideology. “For me painting is a means to an end, and my use of it changes frequently,” she has said. In other work, she has created scale models of iconic architectural structures, such as the Villa Muller in Prague, and replicated and synthesized existing architectural design elements. In 2008 McKenzie launched Atelier E.B. with the designers Beca Lipscombe and Bernie Reid, a company that works on fashion and design projects. She is also a curator and the founder of a record label.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more