You all know how allaboutshipping.co.uk supports art and in particular maritime art. More than 200 articles and reviews have been uploaded covering events from all over Planet Ocean. We are pleased to attend yet another private view, this time at the special purpose ground-floor of Lloyd’s Register’s Richard Rogers building atrium in Fenchurch Street, at the heart of the Square Mile. Each time we are here in this unique building we think of Richard Sadler, the society’s former CEO, who gave the idea and the space in honour of arts and its promotion, as well as support to artists in this exciting new space: Gallery@LR. John Faraclas was there with his camera:
A rare collection of James Mackenzie’s artwork, spanning15 years, showing his journey through three distinct progressive styles were on display. These artworks, although contrasting in style and subject matter, show fluid transition.
In the entrance stood the iconic in proportion and dublicity expressive portrait “Hide” – an interesting and mystical powerful display in acrylic on canvas, suspended in metal frame; unique!
His “numerous” sea-wise desolated blues ending with his six-pieces “Aurora Borealis 6” attracted my attention and that of a few other viewers, monopolising the… positioning; expression after expression, imagination after imagination we spent forty minutes with Antonis Vyrgiotis, Alicja Suska of Lloyd’s Register and some of her colleagues talking on this six-piece Makenzies’ work; superb!
Please to see that one of the Abstract Landscapes, the “Waterfall” went to our friend Mat Curtis, the project manager at Lloyd’s Register; well done Mat!
An interesting speech/account on James’ work was given by Nick Adams ending with the guests and members from LR warmly applauding him and James Mackenzie.
This is what James Mackenzie told us on his work: “The sea is my inspiration art is my love, to combine the two is my passion.” On the venue: The venue is magnificent, with lighting to die for. And a potential audience of people who don’t necessarily know they like art.” He continue to say about what he really offers through art: “My job is to open their eyes to the possibilities and the gallery’s role which it does magnificently is to assist in this process.” “The power of the building, and its historic connections make it the perfect venue to display my art”, was not his last word, but the beginning of more exciting paintings to come.
The exhibition is open at the Gallery@LR from 10-5 weekday until the 8th of April 2016 at Lloyd’s Register, 71 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 4BS