Knight Frank Private View Magazine September 2017 September 19, 2017
“Should you ever want confirmation that we are a self-obsessed species you need only look at our art: the subject that overwhelms the history of painting and sculpture is man. We claim to revere animals but have nevertheless rarely immortalised them in art beyond the horses great men have ridden and the hounds and livestock they have owned. Hamish Mackie’s sculptures reverse that age-old order – they are all about the animals, not the people.
Mackie’s spiritual ancestors are the animalier artists of the 19th century, such as Antoine-Louis Barye, and distinctive painters such as George Stubbs and Sir Edwin Landseer who made the natural world their own, or David Shepherd, who continues to do so. It is a tradition Mackie has not just revived, but expanded.”