Alastair Mackie

Alastair Mackie reconciles the formal with the conceptual in a generous body of works that challenges the deep-rooted separation between animal and human, and exposes the clichés still hampering our understanding of man’s relationship to the natural world (Coline Milliard).


The bones of cuttlefish have been collected from beaches and processed in to geometric components. These have been pieced together to create a veneer of material. In mathematics and nature a complex system is a composition made up of interconnected parts that as a whole exhibit one or more properties.


Born in 1977, he has shown his work extensively in the UK and internationally, included in exhibitions at the Saatchi Gallery – London, the Venice Biennale and the Reykjavik Art Museum. He has worked on a number of public commissions including Mimetes Anon, commissioned by the Contemporary Art Society for the Economist Plaza in St. James’ – London in 2009. His work is held in collections including: The Olbricht Collection – Berlin, the Salsali Private Museum – Dubai, and the Wellcome Collection – London. Alastair lives and works in Cornwall