(Fredericton, New Brunswick)
The success of David McKay’s first art exhibition in 1971 led him to give up his career as a structural engineering technician to pursue art professionally. Since then his paintings have been shown extensively in solo and group exhibitions and purchased for private collections throughout New Brunswick, in Canada’s major cities and along the east coast of the USA in Maine, Boston and New York. In 1976 his work was featured in an international travelling exhibition of Atlantic painting jointly organized by the National Gallery of Canada and Mount Saint Vincent University. Readers of Canadian literature will also recognize his work in cover illustrations for many Atlantic-themed books and literary magazines. A half-hour documentary on his work was aired on Bravo! television in 2003. David is an elected member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
His subject matter is his native province of New Brunswick: its landscape, people and buildings. His preferred media are watercolour and egg tempera.
David McKay was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Canada Council for the Arts for a four-year term effective March 1, 2012 to February 29, 2016.
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