Banff School of Fine Arts, 1976, ceramics
Central Saint Martins - UAL
Ken Macklin studied sculpture at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and graduated with Distinction. He studied ceramics at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension and the Banff School of Fine Arts. Macklin studied advanced sculpture at St. Martin's School of Art, London, England. Ken Macklin was a sessional instructor in sculpture at the University of Alberta. He has attended numerous international artist workshops including the Emma Lake Workshop, Triangle Artist Workshop in New York and in Barcelona, Spain. He attended the Phil Berman Sculpture Workshop in Allentown, Pennsylvania. In 1994 - 96 Macklin studied Mayan art and architecture in Central America and the Yucatan peninsula. Macklin's work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and can be found in public and private collections in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.
To me, making art is a form of narrative that is at once both personal and universal. While I draw much of my inspiration from my own lived experience, so too do I embody in my work emotions and perspectives that change little across time and are part of shared human experience.
Nature is a touch-stone of my work. I am inspied by the dense forest and landscapes surrounding my home and studio in northwestern Canada. Living in a landcape covered by snow for as much as half the year, I look to the tangled clusters of branches and the shapes, forms and colors found in my environment.
Art keeps me sane, it "washes away the dust of everyday life". My work, then, is a study in emotional contrasts - extemporaneous one moment, deliberate the next. It is subtle commentary on personal experience and grounded in the history of Art.