Abandoned dollhouses make for some creepy yet fascinating paintings

Blending toy dollhouses with abandoned buildings, Scottish artist Mackie's latest series is to be unveiled at The Other Art Fair this October.

The collection of paintings were apparently inspired by Sylvanian Families – the collectable anthropomorphic animal figurines made of flocked plastic. 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 the 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."


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