Roy McMakin exhibition, London
Well known for his beautiful, painstakingly finished, deceptively ordinary-looking items of wooden furniture, the Seattle-based artist and architect, Roy McMakin is currently on display at Established & Sons Limited/a> in an exhibition entitled Another Kountry.
The disarmingly functional artworks on show include a chest of drawers and fan-back chair, a part shag-pile rug and ceramics, all individually demonstrating the meticulous attention to detail behind McMakinï¿½s art on close inspection. In a tour from the artist himself we were privileged to learn some of the stories behind the pieces.
The marquetry-like patch woodwork effect that is McMakinï¿½s signature, for example, evolved when McMakinï¿½s dog chewed his way through the carefully restored Douglas Fir panelling in a house where the artist was living some years back. Devastated he called in a carpenter to patch up the damage and, somewhat unexpectedly, fell in love with the result. It was the same craftsman who is still today responsible for the effect that comes out of McMakinï¿½s studio today.
The famous slat back chair in pale yellow Holly, meanwhile, was constructed from the wood because the original commission had come from an actress. ’I wanted to say it was a true Holly wood chair,’ says the artist.