Stephen Mackey

Romanticism meets the surreal in Stephen Mackey’s figurative oils. Anthropomorphic characters in Regency-style clothing, female figures with porcelain complexions, lush flora and muted fantasy settings: all come together in softly rendered narratives that blend delicate wit with a quiet sense of unease.

A self-taught artist, Mackey draws on figures such as Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, William Blake and Alice in Wonderland, along with less evident influences including Cecil Beaton and 70s science-fiction artists Chris Foss and Bruce Pennington. He has exhibited in London, Edinburgh and Liverpool, among others, and was featured in Contemporary Romanticismat Arcadia Contemporary Gallery, New York in 2014.