Displayed on the ceiling of gallery spaces, this is one of McKenzie’s large scale trompe l’oeil pieces. Highly detailed, viewers looking up at the piece appear to see a view out to the sky, complete with stonework, railings, statues and clouds, actually created by the artist in oils on canvas.
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Original: Untitled, 2010 Oil on canvas 2650 × 5080 mm Collection Nicoletta Fiorucci Russo De Li Galli, London © 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.