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My current practice has two strands, which intermingle and overlap. I use drawing, printmaking and book making to look at human behaviour from autobiographical and global perspectives. But I also use interactions, interventions and events to play with and manipulate behaviour in order for it to be exposed. I am particularly interested in how self-esteem can be raised by small actions and how people react to invisible interventions. 

Influenced by a number of painters and printmakers I try to give print a painterly quality, this is achieved by experimenting with the inking up process and cross mixing techniques. Colour is influenced by the old masters with their limited pallet and earthy colours.

Jain McKay

All images photographed by Mental Images ©Mental Images 2015

My new work could be read as a series of portraits of small children or as a commentary on modern civilisation; we think we are grown up but is humanity still in its early years, mere toddlers? As a species have we progressed no further than the second of Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development? Egocentric, with an inability to see a situation from another person's point of view? Are we primitive and childish but believe ourselves to be mature adults?


Children of the Apocalypse, Asylum Art Gallery,
20 - 24 March, 10am - 4pm.
Private View: 20 March, 6pm - 9pm.



Twitter: @Jainmckay


21 Clifton Street

Chapel Ash

Wolverhampton WV3 0TZ

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