In this painting, Lucy McKenzie creates a blend of technical architectural plans and fine art. It is one of six paintings inspired by the designs of Belgian architect Paul Jaspar. Depicting a nearly life-sized cross section of an interior, measurements of the areas shown are pencilled in over the flat washes of oil paint. McKenzie is interested in the relationship between fine and practical arts, and explores the idea that artists should be ‘something closer to the classical artisan’.
Date of work
Original: Side Entrance, 2011 Oil paint and graphite on canvas 2755 x 1754 mm Tate. Purchased 2012 © Lucy McKenzie
Lucy McKenzie (born 1977) is a British artist, now based in Brussels. Taking inspiration from a wealth of cultural phenomena, from fashion to sport to propaganda, she creates work in a variety of media. She is perhaps best-known for her painting, producing trompe l’oeil works, sometimes on a large scale, that are so convincingly real they literally ‘deceive the eye’. McKenzie has also founded a record label and a fashion line, Atelier E.B, a collaboration with Scottish designer Beca Lipscombe. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and five of her artworks form part of Tate’s collection.