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b. 1975, New Zealand

Layla Rudneva-Mackay Biography

Layla Rudneva-Mackay’s practice is not medium specific, having moved through sculpture and photography and drawing to painting flowers out of a persistent interest in form and colour. And, more importantly, in what the consideration of form and colour require as a methodology over and above any material choices.

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The still life tradition offers a space apart from many forms of complication – a space of non-criticality, or an acceptance that, as Manet put it for a time on his personal letterhead, “everything happens”.

It could be seen as an experiment in what happens when a person leaves the space of analysis, interpretation, strict representational orders, or narrative curiosity, and is interested in what things look like when the conversation of the body is avoided.

The practice appears to make a space for being lost for words, and learning to inhabit this peaceably, despite the compulsion to continually put energy into the challenge of language. Such an experiment leaves space for other states or kinds of being to be accepted and occupied.

Painting, here, seems like the material results of metaphysical enquiry into primary or natural states, and different registers of thought. The visual is given primacy over customary expectations about the gathering and sharing of information and knowledge.

Text courtesy Starkwhite.

Layla Rudneva-Mackay Featured Artworks

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Cut Apple Sliced Orange by Layla Rudneva-Mackay contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Layla Rudneva-MackayCut Apple Sliced Orange, 2017Oil on canvas
30 x 35 cm
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Glass-eyed Kiwi by Layla Rudneva-Mackay contemporary artwork painting
Layla Rudneva-MackayGlass-eyed Kiwi, 2018Oil on canvas
30 x 40 cm
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Snack Wink by Layla Rudneva-Mackay contemporary artwork painting
Layla Rudneva-MackaySnack Wink, 2018Oil on canvas
30 x 40 cm
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Glazed Bunch by Layla Rudneva-Mackay contemporary artwork painting
Layla Rudneva-MackayGlazed Bunch, 2018Oil on canvas
100 x 140 cm
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Winter's plum blossom and manuka by Layla Rudneva-Mackay contemporary artwork painting
Layla Rudneva-MackayWinter's plum blossom and manuka, 2014Oil on canvas
35 x 30 cm
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Green square, purple flare by Layla Rudneva-Mackay contemporary artwork painting
Layla Rudneva-MackayGreen square, purple flare, 2014Oil on canvas
45 x 37 cm
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Layla Rudneva-Mackay Recent Exhibitions

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Layla Rudneva-Mackay Represented By

Starkwhite contemporary art gallery in Auckland, New Zealand Starkwhite Auckland
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