Jock McFadyen

(c) Jock McFadyen; Supplied by The Public Catalogue FoundationJock McFadyen, Depression, oil on canvas, 1990

The great thing about painting is it’s not fashionable.”– Jock McFadyen

I posted these Jock McFadyens as an example of an artist who went from deeply subjective paintings derived from his imagination and observation to work which incorporates photography while still holding onto the same subject with the richness of emotional involvement of the earlier work. In my opinion, this is the only way photographic material can be used without the artist’s vision and imagination being colonized and dominated by it. One sees this in oceans of realist and photo-realist painting.

McFadyen’s work demonstrates that the notion of -isms not only miss the point of art but at this stage are simply destructive and cynical. Post-Modernism is a lie. The entire edifice is crumbling into dust because it’s entirely based on false premises and financial manipulation. Abandon ship.

The title of one of the paintings below sums it up: “Kill Matthew Barney.”

I don’t want to be an artist. I want to be a painter. The man in the street might think you make art out of dirt and string. It is embarrassing to be an artist. – Jock McFadyen

Purfleet: from Dracula's Garden 2001 by Jock McFadyen born 1950

Purfleet: From Dracula’s Garden, oil on canvas, 2001

(c) Jock McFadyen; Supplied by The Public Catalogue FoundationJock McFadyen, A Tinge of Yellow, oil on canvas, 1988

(c) Jock McFadyen; Supplied by The Public Catalogue FoundationJock McFadyen, Canal (diptych, right panel), o/c, 1990

(c) Jock McFadyen; Supplied by The Public Catalogue FoundationJock McFadyen, Canal (diptych, left panel), o/c, 1990

(c) Jock McFadyen; Supplied by The Public Catalogue FoundationJock McFadyen, Prince of Orange, oil on canvas, 1988

mcfadyen 9Jock McFadyen, Kill Matthew Barney, o/c, 2007

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Jock McFadyen, Canal Lovers, oil on canvas, 1993-94

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Jock McFadyen, Tate Moss, oil on canvas

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2 Responses to Jock McFadyen

  1. Paul Rumsey says:

    Here is his page on the Royal Academy website, with a link to his website.
    It is interesting to look at the list of other RA artists links on the side of the page because you can see the split in the UK art establishment, there are the traditional figurative artists, the traditional abstract artists, and also a few of the new establishment, Tracy Emin (now professor of drawing at the RA) , Michael Craig Martin, (the man with the famous glass of water that is an oak tree) and Michael Landy, (whose most famous art work was a performance of destroying all his possessions with a shredder).

    http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/academicians/painters/jock-mcfadyen-ra,2214,AR.html

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