Nothing is Real by Philip McKay is one of his few works which features a clearly female figure. She stands alone in an empty room, the only decoration an intricately framed mirror, showing an infinite display of herself from behind, staring up at the mirror. This art for art's sake calls into question reality and the existential questions which haunt our consciousness from time to time.
Philip McKay’s fusion of black and white photography with digital artistry evokes the existential exploration of being. Employing a variety of digital manipulation techniques, filters, lenses, and time exposures, the artist embraces light as a study in solitude, the vastness of space, and the transience of time. The resulting imagery expresses the uniquely surrealist vision of one of the world’s most famous digital artists today.
A Liverpool native, McKay’s interest in photography was instilled in him at an early age, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that he made the transition to the realm of “digital surrealism”. In combining his technical methodology with a singular, dream-like aesthetic, Philip McKay both challenges and augments the concept of traditional photography as an artistic medium. His images do not merely capture moments in time, but create a surrealist reflection of the world and our space within.
Philip McKay’s work has a place of pride among sterling contemporary collections throughout the United Kingdom. As a pillar of digital artistry, McKay has also designed a variety of books and album covers, and most recently worked in collaboration with famed film composer Michael Price (Lord of the Rings, Quantum of Solace). Mahlstedt Gallery is thrilled to represent Philip McKay, a surrealist visionary of modern digital composition.