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Landon Mackenzie (born 1954) is a Canadian artist based in Vancouver. She is nationally known for her large-format paintings and her contribution as a professor at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design.


Landon Mackenzie is a Canadian artist based for the last twenty-five years in Vancouver, where she is also involved as a professor with Emily Carr University of Art and Design.[1] Her paintings are characteristically large and intensely involved in the continuation of the discipline of painting. Her works have been featured in several shows at the National Gallery of Canada and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Her paintings have also been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and in many solo and group shows in Canada and internationally, over the past thirty years. Mackenzie's works have been extensively written about both in the popular media and academically.

Mackenzie is known to be a significant mentor to younger artists coming out of Vancouver. She has been an influential educator, as Mackenzie herself studied during the last half of the hotbed time of Conceptual Art at NSCAD in Halifax, from 1972-76. This period was of great interest to many young artists working around her. In her graduate school period in Montreal at Concordia University, from 1976–79, Mackenzie developed her own voice as a more mature artist at a time of heightened contest between the acclaimed painters and sculptors involved in the last throes of high Modernism and the beginnings of a Post-Modern consciousness in art practice. She won the Third Biennale of Quebec Painting (1981) for her critically acclaimed Lost River Series characterized within the movement of New Image Painting.

Mackenzie was the first to receive the rank of full professor, when the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, (formerly known as the Vancouver School of Art, established 1923, then a College, then an Institute), became a University in 2008. In 2009 she was awarded the inaugural Ian Wallace Excellence in Teaching Award for her passionate contribution to the school and art in Vancouver. Mackenzie is also the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for her service to Canada in Visual Art.

In several of her large-scale paintings from the early 90's to 2009, Mackenzie layered research notes, annotated maps, archival texts and documentation of her investigations and explorations of geographic regions. The most recent of these works is 'Vancouver As the Centre of the World' commissioned for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.[2] She is particularly interested in current research on the brain and neural mapping in relationship to the mapping of our physical environment leading to recent series 'Neurocity' and 'The Structures', some of which were the subject of a five year survey exhibition in 2011 at The Richmond Art Gallery in Canada. Often her work hovers in both regions of abstract and representational art.[3]
Selected collections

National Gallery of Canada
Art Gallery of Ontario
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Vancouver Art Gallery
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Selected awards

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012
Ian Wallace Excellence in Teaching Award, 2009
Canada Council Paris Studio Residency Award 2008
Canada Council Grant to Established Artists 2005, 1999, 1998
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal 2003

Selected bibliography

Laurence, Robin. “Mapping out a dazzling world; Landon Mackenzie: Crossing Over, Why Cloud the Whites.” The Georgia Straight. September 2011
MacKenzie, Landon. Cosmic Canvases; an online supplement to the Winter 2010-11 print edition of Canadian Art.” Canadian Art. 2010 www.canadianart.ca.*
Morantz, Alan. Where is Here? Canada’s Maps and the Stories They Tell, Penguin Books, Toronto, 2002.
Morantz, Alan. ‘Shadowing the Map Makers’; Artist Landon Mackenzie Re-imagines the Landscapes Travelled by Canada’s Earliest Cartographers’, Canadian Geographic Magazine, Nov-Dec. Issue, pp 84–90. 2002.
Liang, Jack. "This Place and Some Other: The Solitary Journey of Landon Mackenzie." Catalogue published by the Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, 1997.
Lawrence, Robin. "Pentamentalist: The Painted Underworld of Landon Mackenzie." Border Crossings. Summer, 1996.
Townsend-Gault, Charlotte. Landon Claims and the Saskatchewan of the Mind. Landon Mackenzie, Saskatchewan Paintings. Catalogue published by the *Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, 1996.
Lammerick, Yvonne. "Tracking Athabasca." Canadian Art. Volume 18, Number 1, Spring 2001.

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