WHAT WE SAY
Ronan Mackenzie’s meticulously crafted animations deal in sensitive and nuanced ways with themes of memory, nostalgia and family life, often characterised by the landscape and atmosphere of northern England, where the artist lives and works. We have been impressed by Ronan’s ability to work across media – from digitally manipulated photographs drawn from his own family archive to hand painted frame- by-frame animation – to create what he describes as ‘paintings that move’.
Ronan Mackenzie is an artist filmmaker and animator from Blackburn. His first short film Infinity screened across the UK, and was nominated for the North Filmmaker Award at BAFTA-qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival. His second short It’s Raining, It’s Pouring was commissioned through BBC New Creatives, and was broadcast on BBC Player and BBC Four before screening at the Encounters, Bolton and Athens film + video Festivals, and most recently screened at the Royal College of Art, London and Videotage, Hong Kong as part of Art Basel Hong King. He is a graduate of the Manchester School of Art and was selected as one of Film London’s FLAMIN Fellowship artists.
His films are created through an intuitive process where ideas come naturally to him in an unconscious, painterly approach. His work often deals with personal narratives surrounding familial relationships and themes of mortality, existentialism, alienation, and, most recently, anthropogenic climate change.