Edward Mackenzie works mainly with objet trouvé - old and new manufactured objects - to create assemblage art. At times purely aesthetic, his work has a strong design element referencing ideas to history, humour, or allegory. Material chosen often evolve into a series of artwork, for example: ‘PianoWorks’ using piano parts; ‘Oaracle’ using sculling oars; ‘Pyrotechnical’ using matches and matchboxes.
The Artist was born in Los Angeles in 1937, raised in Connecticut, attended Ogunquit (summer) School of Painting, and Parsons School of Design NYC. He graduated from The Cooper Union School of Art in 1960. Edward worked as a freelance Illustrator and Designer, and as Assistant to Alexei Brodovitch in New York.
Awarded a Fulbright Scholarship 1966-68, Edward Mackenzie studied at the Royal College of Art in London. As a part-time Art Lecturer in England, he continued freelance work for a variety of clients including Milton Keynes Corporation, Observer Magazine, Penguin Books, Polydor Records, and Jaeger in Paris.
Mackenzie moved with his wife and young family to New Zealand in 1982. Awarded a Creative New Zealand Arts Council Grant in 1989, he established a reputation for his assemblage art, exhibiting extensively in that country.
In 2002 Edward returned to the USA converting an 1897 Store into a Studio and Art Gallery in Richmond Maine, to create, exhibit and sell his art work.
Mackenzie settled in Stoke-on-Trent, England in 2014 and continues to create assemblage art in his studio home.