Abandoned dollhouses make for some creepy yet fascinating paintings

Do you remember Sylvanian Families? They were a collection of collectible anthropomorphic animal figurines made of flocked plastic, created by Japanese gaming company Epoch in 1985 and distributed worldwide to lots of happy homes, including my own. Well, Scottish artist Mackie embarked on a new project recently that might capture your interest. It's something that he'll be unveiling at The Other Art Fair between 17 - 20 October 2013.

Speaking of the new artworks, Mackie said: "A friend of mine gave me a pile of Sylvanian Families once. They sat in my studio, where they occasionally caught my eye. They started to take hold a little and I looked at them closer as time passed. Such smoothly contoured little furry faces. They would be great to paint. I put them to one side again, unsure what excuse or concept I could make in order to construct the painting.

"Then I headed down to another friend's photography studio to see if we could take some Caravaggio styled chiaroscuro photographs of the little bunnies. The idea being that I could populate iconic movie horror sets with them. I started playing and sketching whilst continuing to paint the Source of Light series.

"The sketching never quite worked so I decided to remove the bunnies and the iconic horror sets - which was kind of like removing the entire idea. But what I had left was a skeleton for what would make an interesting mood. And thus the Abandoned Dollhouses began."