David Mackenzie

David Mackenzie was born in Los Angeles and received both his BFA and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute where he studied ceramics, sculpture and painting. His work has been included in the Whitney Biennial and has been shown in Italy, France, Germany, and Russia. He has received grants from the Pollack-Krasner Foundation and the National Foundation for the Arts. David has work in the Phillips Collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art in Embassies program, the Oakland Art Museum, and the Rene di Rosa Foundation among others. He is a member of American Abstract Artists, an organization to promote abstract art since 1936.

Exhibitions:
  • 2020 | Flow Modern, Palm Springs, CA
  • 2019 | Absolutely Abstract, Yucca Valley Arts Center, Joshua Tree, CA
  • 2019 | Mojave Made, Hangar Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
  • 2018 | Layering Reality, BoxoPROJECTS, Joshua Tree, CA
  • 2015 | Southern California Abstract Now, Santa Monica College, Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
  • 2013 | American Abstract Artist: A Selection, Kent State University, Kent, OH
  • 2012 | The Boxo House Survey, Boxo, New York, NY
  • 2012 | Gallery Exhibitions, JTAG, Joshua Tree, CA
  • 2011 | Gallery Exhibitions, JTAG, Joshua Tree, CA
  • 2011 | Abstraction, American Abstract Artist, Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2011 | American Abstract Artist, 75th Anniversary, OK Harris, New York, NY
  • 2010 | AAA Suitcase Show, Museum of Castle of Otranto, Otranto, Italy
  • 2010 | It’s a wonderful 10th, Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2010 | David Mackenzie, Arts Council, Wilber Mansion, Oneonta, NY
  • 2009 | Isn’t It, Project Room - The Painting Center, New York, NY
  • 2009 | Essential Art, Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY
  • 2009 | It’s a Wonderful Life, Sideshow, Williamsburg Brooklyn
  • 2008 | American Abstract Artist, Painting Center, New York, NY
  • 2008 | Peace, Sideshow, Williamsburg Brooklyn
  • 2007 | Remembrance, Art Mission, Binghamton, NY
  • 2007 | AAA Small Works Show, Jersey City, NJ
  • 2007 | War is Over Again, Sideshow, Williamsburg Brooklyn
  • 2006 | 13th Anniversary Show, The Painting Center, NY, NY
  • 2006 | War Is Over, Sideshow, Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
  • 2004 | Peace, Sideshow, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2004 | Abstract Identity, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY
  • 2003 | On Edge, Bern Bibner Library of Science & Technology, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2002 | Ajita, the Station, Art Car Museum, Houston, TX
  • 2002 | Three On A Match, Gallery Onetwentyeight, New York, NY
  • 2002 | Red Hook, 450 Broadway, New York, NY
  • 2002 | 911 Show, Bronx River Art Center, 1087 E. Tremont Ave., Bronx, NY
  • 2001 | Invitational Exhibition of Painting & Sculpture, American Academy of Arts & Letters, NY, NY
  • 2001 | Dialog and Discourse, Friends Academy, Glen Cove, NY
  • 2001 | Viewpoints of Recent Developments in Abstract Painting, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
  • 2000 | Straight Painting, The Painting Center, NY, NY
  • 1999 | Size Matters, GAle GAtes, Brooklyn, NY
  • 1999 | The Art of Absolute Desire, 450 Broadway, NY, NY
  • 1999 | Outer Boroughs, White Columns, NY, NY
  • 1998 | LA Gallery, Moscow - New Exchange, Moscow, Russia
  • 1998 | 124 Process & Image, Eklektikos Gallery, Washington DC
  • 1997 | David Mackenzie, solo show, Naked Singularity, Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY
  • 1997 | Transport, 80 Nassau St., NY, NY
  • 1996 | Support Living Artist, Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY
  • 1996 | Painting Show, Ridge Street Gallery, NY,NY
  • 1995 | Group Show, Ridge Street Gallery, NY, NY
  • 1994 | Small Works Show, BACA Downtown, Brooklyn, NY
  • 1994 | Space coordinator for Spring Show 2 & exhibitor, 141 Beard St., Brooklyn, NY
  • 1993 | Space coordinator for Spring Show 1 & exhibitor, 141 Beard St., Brooklyn, NY
  • 1993 | Selections From Slide File, Organization Of Independent Artist, NY, NY
  • 1992 | Void and Vision, Right Bank Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • 1991 | Natural Order, Art In General, NY, NY
  • 1990 | Disparity In Content, New Waterfront Museum, Brooklyn, NY
  • 1989 | Perry House, David Mackenzie, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
  • 1988 | The Small Works Show, BACA Downtown, Brooklyn, NY
  • 1987 | City Without Walls, Metro Show 87, Newark, NJ
  • 1986 | Windows- Since 1903, 1081 Mission St., San Francisco, CA
  • 1984 | San Francisco Bay Area Painting, Sheldon Memorial Gallery, Lincoln, NE
  • 1983 | Elegant Miniatures, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
  • 1983 | Organized, New Abstract Painters from Los Angeles, SF Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
  • 1983 | Tough Stuff, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
  • 1983 | David Mackenzie, solo show, Ten Year Survey, Bluxome Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 1981 | Alumni Exhibition, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
  • 1981 | Alumni Exhibition, Grapestake Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 1980 | American Drawing 3, The Portsmouth Community Arts Center, Portsmouth, VA
  • 1980 | David Mackenzie, solo show, Grapestake Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 1979 | LAX 814, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1979 | LAX 814, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1979 | Guest Curator, Los Angeles, Humbolt State University, Arcata, CA
  • 1977 | Guest Curator, Los Angeles, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
  • 1977 | Curator & exhibitor, 18 Bay Area Artist, University Art Museum, Berkley, CA
  • 1977 | David Mackenzie, solo show, Casat Gallery, La Jolla, CA
  • 1976 | David Mackenzie, solo show, Grapestake Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 1976 | 20 Bay Area Painters, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
  • 1976 | Curator & exhibitor, 18 Bay Area Artist, LA Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1975 | Information Show, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
  • 1975 | David Mackenzie, solo show, Grapestake Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 1975 | Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum, NY, NY
  • 1974 | New Work by West Coast Artist, Susan Rush Assoc., San Francisco, CA
  • 1974 | Interstices, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
  • 1974 | Interstices, traveling to, Cranbrook Academy of Art & Flint Institute of The Arts, MI
  • 1974 | Works on Paper, Lester Gallery, Inverness, CA
  • 1973 | David Mackenzie, solo show, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
  • 1973 | David Mackenzie, solo show, Reed College, Portland, OR |
  • 1973 | Young Talent Summer Extravaganza, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 1973 | David Mackenzie, solo show, De Saisset Art Museum, University of Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
  • 1973 | David Mackenzie & Jack Chipman, Brand Library Art Center, Glendale, CA
  • 1973 | SFAI Drawing Invitational, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
  • 1972 | San Francisco Art Festival, San Francisco, CA
  • 1971 | Off The Stretcher, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
  • 1971 | Light Sound Exploration, Civics Arts Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
  • 1971 | Young Bay Area Sculptors 2, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
  • 1971 | San Francisco Art Institute Centennial Exhibition, M. H. De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
  • 1970 | Silent Light Show, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
  • 1968 | Group show, Dilexi Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 1968 | 34 Clyde Street Show, San Francisco, CA
  • 1967 | Eat, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
  • 1967 | Richmond Art Center Sculpture Annual, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
  • 1966 | Society of arts & Crafts, Boston, MA
  • 1965 | Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, NY, September of 65
  • 1965 | Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, NY, April of 65
  • 1965 | Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, art rental gallery
  • 1965 | Group Show, Berkley Gallery, Berkley, CA
Grants and Awards:
  • 2004 | Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
  • 1975 | National Endowment of the Arts, Fellowship Grant
Major Collections:
  • Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
  • Metropolitan Museum of American Art
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
  • Mills College Art Gallery, Mills College, Oakland CA
  • The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
  • John Berggruen, San Francisco, CA
  • Rene di Rosa Foundation, Napa Valley, CA
  • George Neubert, San Antonio, TX
Publications: Education:
  • 1970 | MFA - San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
  • 1967 | BFA - San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
  • 1963 | AA - Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA
Curatorial:
  • 2001 | Viewpoints of Recent Developments in Abstract Painting, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
  • 1994 | Space coordinator for Spring Show 2 & exhibitor, 141 Beard St., Brooklyn, NY
  • 1993 | Space coordinator for Spring Show 1 & exhibitor, 141 Beard St., Brooklyn, NY
  • 1983 | Organized, New Abstract Painters from Los Angeles, SF Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
  • 1979 | Guest Curator, Los Angeles, Humbolt State University, Arcata, CA
  • 1977 | Guest Curator, Los Angeles, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
  • 1977 | Curator & exhibitor, 18 Bay Area Artist, University Art Museum, Berkley, CA
  • 1976 | Curator & exhibitor, 18 Bay Area Artist, LA Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Personal:
  • 2010 | Moved to second home in Joshua Tree, CA
  • 2006 | Setup studio in Norwich, NY
  • 2005 | Moved to Morris, NY
  • 1986 | Moved to New York City
  • 1963 | Moved to San Francisco, CA, to attend the San Francisco Art Institute, studied ceramics with Ron Nagle and painting with Joan Brown
  • 1962 | Lived in Laguna Beach, CA while attending Orange Coast Collage, Costa Mesa, CA. Met Richard Shaw, John Duff, & Don Hardy and all moved to San Francisco to attend the San Francisco Art Institute.
  • 1960 | Independent study with artist / painter Peter Krohn, Laguna Beach, CA
  • 1942 | Born Los Angeles California, grew up in Orange County, CA