• Jenny Fox McKay

    Jenny Fox McKay
    • Artist Statement
      • I’ve been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. I have a passion for portraits, which I most frequently paint from under- and overexposed photographs. I enjoy the drama of deep shadow, sharp light and blurred edges, particularly in portraits and figures, and I like to use flat brushes to create texture
    • Biography

      • Contmeporary South African Artist: Jenny Fox McKay


        Nelspruit Municipality

    • Interview

      • What is your favourite film of all time?

        The Royal Tenenbaums.  I can never get anyone to watch it with me, but it’s worth watching alone.

        What music are you currently listening to and why?

        I’m married to a musician, so I’m constantly surrounded by music of some description.  The only time I actually put a CD on is when I’m driving (and I only have two CDs in my car – Nina Simone and Josie Field – which I really need to get around to exchanging for something else at some point).

        Which living artists do you most admire and why?

        Local artist Gavin Rain has a spectacular spin on pointillism which I find really refreshing.  Farther afield, I love Chuck Close’s portraits, particularly his later work.

        What is the question you get asked most frequently about your work and how do you answer it?

        I’m frequently asked what inspired me to paint something.  I always find it really difficult to answer that – it’s a bit like asking someone where they found the inspiration to get into their car and drive to work this morning.  My standard response, therefore, is a decidedly inartistic, “well, I’m not sure, exactly”.

        What/ who inspired you to be an artist?

        I’ve always painted and drawn, so it was just a natural progression.

        Can you tell us about where you make your art and what if any, the significance of this location is

        I use my loft as a studio, mostly because it’s out of the way and I’ve got room to move, where I’ve succeeded in making a spectacular mess of the floor.

        What do you like most about being an artist?

        I like working alone, so it suits me perfectly.  I also like the freedom of regularly being able to embark on new projects – it’s a wonderful prevention of boredom.

        What are your plans for the coming year?

        Apart from painting, I’d like to do more illustrating – I’m working on a couple of projects at the moment and am hoping for more.