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Hugh Mackinnon

Hugh Mackinnon interrupted his studies for national service in the RAF (1944-47) to return to the Slade Art school in London on a government grant. Taking influence from Bauhaus artists such as Mondrian and Klee, Mackinnon worked initially through largely abstract work. However, by the time he had his first solo show  at he Gimpel Fils in 1952, his painting was beginning to lift more on the figurative; something that characterised his work from this point onwards. 

His exhibition here at The Millinery Works Gallery in 2006 showcased a retrospective of this work, spanning from the abstract "Voices" painted 1946-50, through to his paintings of cityscapes and interiors, such as "Interior in Nice" 1975 and "Venice Nocturne" 1990-1995. 

Amidst teaching at Central Saint Martins and Hornsey College of Art, Mackinnon had successful solo shows at places such as the Holland Park Gallery (1964), Ash Barn Gallery (1965), and Campbell and Franks (1978).