Art McKay

Descending Whites

1960
After encountering American abstract painter Barnett Newman at the Emma Lake Artists' Workshop in 1959, Art McKay embarked upon an intense exploration of all-over abstraction, aiming to create an overall composition without a central focus. Limiting himself to a palette of black and white, McKay was able to see the development of his composition more clearly. In 1960 McKay started to use industrial enamel paint applied with scrapers on masonite, as exemplified in "Descending Whites" with its organic - almost calligraphic - patterning resulting from the process of the paint application. McKay was part of the group of abstract painters that came to be known as the Regina Five.
Artist
Title
Descending Whites
Date
1960
Medium
Painting
Materials
enamel paint and commercial paint on masonite
Dimensions
121.9 x 121.9 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1990
Rights
© Art McKay
Accession number
30822