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Gordon R. Mackie was born in 1954 in Glasgow and studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1972-6, where he was first equal in Drawing & Painting and won the Sam Mavor Bequest (travelling scholarship). He was a Trustee of the National Galleries of Scotland from 2003 until 2007.

In 1980 he moved to Buckie High School in N.E. Scotland and became Head of Art & Design in 1990. In 2012 he retired to paint full-time.

Influences include James Robertson, Duncan Shanks (tutors at G.S.A.), Joan Eardley and Willem de Kooning . Their bold, gestural brushstrokes and love of explosive colour is evident in Gordon Mackie’s painterly approach.

Particularly fascinated by the coastline of N.E. Scotland, striking views in different weather conditions and seasons appear repeatedly in his work.

The paintings of Gordon R. Mackie are held in private collections throughout the world. He has exhibited in the R.G.I., R.S.A. and S.S.A, and was an art adviser for Grampian Hospitals Art Trust.