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Sally   McKay
Sally   McKay

Sally   McKay
Sally   McKay

Sally McKay

About Artist

I focus on live performance, drawing in response to activity. Dance is my stimulus, I draw during rehearsals and performance. The drawings are raw and in the present, capturing fleeting moments and traces of energy with expressive gesture. Large sheets contain fast action led drawings in charcoal, pastel and paint. Small pencil sketch-books are intimate journeys.
The drawings inform oil and acrylic paintings on canvas created in my studio and etchings made on site in the Thames Barrier Print Studio.
I create figurative life-size and larger wire sculpture as individual commissions and to be used on stage as part of the performance.
Recent commissions include large painted Backdrops for Contemporary Dance performances.


Solo Exhibitions

2014 Promesse. Wire Sculpture of 5x's life size linking hands commissioned to promote the Baume & Mercier new line of ladies watch, shown in New York City, Singapore, Harrods, London and later Dubai
2013 Formed View, Arbeit Gallery, Hackney Wick, London. A collaborative Multi-media Performance Dance Project, Live drawing of Dance streamed live
2010-2014 Bianual Open Studio
2012 no format gallery. Multisensory experience and artistic images of the moving human figure in collaboration with the writer and academic Stephen Baycroft.
2009 GV Art, Marylebone. Chasing Shadows, included collaboration with dancers and musician.
2008 Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, New York. Following residency with Martha Graham Dance Company
2008 Union Club, Soho
2007 With Women in Mind. Royal Society of Arts, London WC1
2007 Drawing Breath. Touring Solo Show
2006 Diverging Angels. Touring Solo Show
2005 A Trace of Movement. Touring Solo Show
2005 Double Take. Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1


Joint Exhibitions

2014 Yorke Dance Project. Backdrops for Premier of Figure Ground at Lilian Baylis Theatre, Sadler's Wells. February 2014 and company Tour in 2015
2014 Greenwich Printmakers. Group exhibition of etchings changing every 2 months
2013 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2013 – Sugar Lift Etching, Complete edition sold out on Buyers Day
2013 SKETCH 2013. Rabley Drawing Centre, Wiltshire then Touring
2013 A MAKER'S DOZEN. Pop-Up Christmas Shop at Crafts Central, Clerkenwell
2013 Lewisham College BTEC Dance Choreographic Platform Show. Creation of Painted Backdrops from drawings of their choreographic process
2013 & 2014 Landmark Art Fair
2013 Drawing Dance, community project, The Big Draw at Greenwich Dance with comedian Tom Roden and choreographer Anna Williams.
2012 -2013 Beyond Front@ Greenwich Dance
2012 Collaboration with Yolande Yorke-Edgell on Noted, part of Yorke Dance Project production Wordsworth, creation of a life size wire sculpture that was on stage with the dancer.
2007-2009 Affordable Art Fair, London, Amsterdam, Paris, New York
2008 Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London SE8
2008 Oxford Playhouse, Oxford
2005 Images In The City. The Geffrye Museum, London E2
2005 The Art of Love. The Arndean Gallery, Cork Street W1
2004 Oxo Tower. Suffolk to Sinai. 3 Women Show
2004 The Art of Love., Oxo Tower Wharf. London SE1
2003 Conflict. Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery. Sotheby’s Exhibition



I am happy to work to commission, please contact me directly through my web site or email

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