Theo Mackaay (Utrecht, 1950) is a Dutch artist, sculptor, painter and musician. He was passionate about music and painting as a teenager. During his education at the art academy Gerrit Rietveld and the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam, Mackaay got the chance to get to know and admire his classics. In Mackaay’s work, the expression of the organic form is intensified in a new and surprising way.
After the famous golden calf he designed in his youth as a prize for the Dutch Film Festival, the artist has developed tremendously.
Mackaay about his work: “In one way or another, in my development I have gone further back in time and finally went back in my childhood. I close the door of my studio and there I can make everything I want, the sky is the limit. It requires a large amount of freedom that you choose to be close to yourself and you no longer copy heroes. I therefore no longer work on a model but only from my imagination. I have long collected fairy tale books, I loved that in my youth and part of that fairytale, that mystical, is perhaps reflected in my work and especially in my paintings.”
In his stones and bronze sculptures the tense shape details shine, in his paintings a striking oeuvre, the colors radiate in a sumptuous range.
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