Alexander McKenzie was born in Sydney in 1971. He studied at the Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney where he received the Inaugural Whiteley Scholarship, the Henry Gibbons Drawing Prize and the Julian Ashton Art School Prize for landscape. McKenzie has been part of solo and group exhibitions in Australia, Hong Kong, Scotland, Ireland and the United States. He has been a finalist in several award exhibitions including the Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, 2007 & 2008; Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, 2006 & 2007; Glover Prize, Evandale Tasmania, 2006; Tattersalls, Landscape Prize, Brisbane, 2003 & 2006, 1997-99 and the Conrad Jupiters Art Exhibition, Gold Coast, QLD, 1998. In 1997 he was recipient of the St George Sutherland Leader Biennial Prize and in 1996 he was awarded the Fishers Ghost Drawing Prize at the Campbelltown Bicentennial City Art Gallery.
Alexander McKenzie’s work is represented in the public and corporate collections of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Glasgow, Manchester; Brown Rudnick Freed & Gesner PC, London; Maitland Regional Gallery; Macquarie Bank, Australia; Lowensteins, Sydney; Jackson Smith Solicitors, Sydney; Park Hyatt, Melbourne; Culwulla Chambers, Sydney; Mercy Health Care, Melbourne; Sutherland Shire Council and in private collections in Sydney, Melbourne, London, Dublin, Zurich, Edinburgh, Texas, Miami and Hong Kong.
Alexander McKenzie’s landscapes are as much evocations of mood, weather and the subconscious as they are depictions of actual place. His unique and powerfully innovative visions of lakesides, gardens and sunsets are hauntingly powerful scenes that continue their subtle break away from the more literal representation of landscape, towards a presentation of the imagined. McKenzie is concerned with the emotional power of beauty and uses landscape as his vehicle for expression. (bio)