The iconography of international sport and the representation of women are two recurring areas of interest for McKenzie in her body of work. This portrait of a gymnast standing in a gym, fragmented into slices as though seen in multiple mirrors, is actually a self-portrait of the artist.
Date of work
Original: Untitled, 1997 Oil paint on canvas 1220 × 910 mm Private collection © 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.