The Sutton Gallery, Edinburgh
6th - 28th of May 2016
La Mer du Sud was Martyn McKenzie’s first solo-show since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 2012. This body of work drew from his experiences living in Nice, France, over the winter of 2014/15. There McKenzie produced ‘South Series’, a collection of seventy-two watercolours that record the shifting states of the sea and sky. Painted ‘en plein air’ from the same location on the Promenade de Anglais, each study is annotated with the date, time of production, and point of degrees facing, offering an almost analytical observation or geological study of the seascape. This series of watercolours was exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London after having been shortlisted as a finalist for the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2015.
For this exhibition, twelve watercolours were translated into oil on panel and also on linen - six day works and six night.