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Shawn Mackey

About Shawn Mackey

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Shawn Mackey was born on August 11, 1984 in Edmonton, Canada. Growing up in the long cold winters of Canada, he had ample time to draw and let his creativity flourish. Mackey’s parents, who were both teachers, would bring home boxes of scrap photocopy paper for him to draw on. He would cover hundreds of sheets with pictures of everything from Italian sports cars, to the elaborate floor plans of luxury mansions, to a variety of superheroes and cartoon characters pulled from his own imagination.

From a young age, Mackey’s talent was evident and this was paired with a growing entrepreneurial spirit. At the age of eight, he was already collecting payments from his classmates for hand-drawn pictures of cars. At this time he was no stranger to causing a stir with his art. He received lectures from his teachers for sneaking into the school bathrooms at recess to run his own “tattoo shop”. There he would ink his friends’ arms with colored markers. As he progressed into high school, he became increasingly bored with classes and more interested in filling his notebooks with drawings and sketches.

After graduation, Mackey decided to put his artistic talents on hold. He began to pursue university studies with the goal of becoming a lawyer. After a year of classes filled with politics, economics, and essay writing, he longed for a change. Mackey realized that the need to create, which boiled deep inside him, could not be contained. After taking a summer art course he realized his passion lied in putting pigment on canvas and he transferred to the university’s fine arts program to study painting.

On speaking of this transition, Mackey has said, “I had considered entering an architecture or design program, but then I realized that the canvas was the one place where my creativity would be totally free. I could create whatever kind of building, object or scene I wanted, whenever I wanted.” The ability to tell a story, and invoke a deep emotional response with his creations only increased his attraction to painting.

While completing his Bachelors of Fine Arts, Mackey was drawn to the power of an expressive style of art. He dove headfirst into the world of abstraction. Experimenting with a variety of mediums including oil and acrylic paint, polymer mediums, and even earth, Mackey searched for a way to breathe new life into a thirty thousand-year-old art form.

During his time in art school, Mackey also worked as a bartender. This would eventually come to greatly influence his later work, as it nurtured his love for fine wines and spirits.

After graduating, Mackey pursued a few random jobs and eventually returned to school to become an art teacher. It was during this time that he began the journey of what he considers his biggest artistic growth. On his evenings and weekends, he began to study the work of the great masters of art history. Starting with the impressionists and working his way backward several centuries in time, he put his own twist on the techniques of the great artists that came before him.

Today, Mackey’s paintings focus on scenes of beauty and love. His dramatic artwork evokes strong feelings of enjoying the greatest pleasures that life has to offer. Each painting combines figurative imagery with evocative movement and brushwork. These two elements combine and contrast to create a truly sensational experience.

Available Items by Shawn Mackey

shawn mackey palm wahine girl palm tree print

Shawn Mackey Palm Wahine Giclee Print

At peace while enjoying a moment of serenity near the ocean.

Hand-Embellished by Artist

Gallery Wrapped Giclée on Canvas

32″ x 20″ – $2,100
40″ x 24″ – 2,550
48″ x 30″ – $3,625

2″ Universal Frame is extra and depends on chosen size

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shawn mackey giddy up cowgirl art print

Shawn Mackey Giddy Up Giclee Print

Get those boots on, and get ready for an adventure.

Limited Edition

Hand-Embellished Artist Proofs

Giclée on Canvas

30″ x 40″ (Ltd Ed of 125) – $2,875 (Add $500 for 2″ Universal Frame)

36″ x 48″ (Ltd Ed of 95) – $3,995 (Add $600 for 2″ Universal Frame)

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shawn-mackey-king-of-mountain-ram-art-print

Shawn Mackey King of the Mountain Giclee Print

The strength and agility of this ram proves that he is the king.

Hand-Embellished by Artist

Gallery Wrapped Giclée on Canvas

24″ x 24″ (Limited Edition of 95) – $1,990

30” x 30” (Limited Edition of 65) – $2,450

40” x 40” (Limited Edition of 45) – $3,825

2″ Universal Frame is extra and depends on chosen size

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shawn mackey tenderness grizzly bears western print

Shawn Mackey Tenderness Giclee Print

A mother’s love is tender yet strong.

Hand-Embellished by Artist

Gallery Wrapped Giclée on Canvas

24″ x 30″ (Limited edition of 95) – $2,225

30”x 40” (Limited edition of 65) – $2,875

36” x 48” (Limited edition of 45) – $3,995

2″ Universal Frame is extra and depends on chosen size

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shawn mackey cleaning up town giclee print cowgirl

Shawn Mackey Cleaning Up The Town Giclee Print

The sheriff and her deputy have a job to do.

Hand-Embellished by Artist

Gallery Wrapped Giclée on Canvas

30″ x 24″ (Limited edition of 125) – $2,225

40” x 30” (Limited edition of 95) – $2,875

48” x 36” (Limited edition of 65) – $3,995

2″ Universal Frame is extra and depends on chosen size

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shawn mackey bareback cowgirl giclee print

Shawn Mackey Bareback Giclee Print

A Cowboy hat is a must, everything else is optional

Hand-Embellished by Artist

Gallery Wrapped Giclée on Canvas

16″ x 16″ (Limited edition of125) – $1,525

24″ x 24″ (Limited edition of 25) – $1,990

36″ x 36″ (Limited edition of 95) – 2,950

48″ x 48″ (Limited edition 95) – $4,680

2″ Universal Frame is extra and depends on chosen size

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shawn mackey new sheriff in town art print

Shawn Mackey A New Sheriff in Town Giclee Print

This is her town.

Limited Edition

Hand-Embellished Artist Proofs

Giclée on Canvas

32″ x 20″ (Ltd Ed of 125) – $2,100 (Add $380 for 2″ Universal Frame)

40” x 24“ (Ltd Ed of 95) – $2,550 (Add $460 for 2″ Universal Frame)

48” x 30” (Ltd Ed of 95) – $3,625 (Add $560 for 2″ Universal Frame)

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shawn mackey giddy up ii western cowgirl print

Shawn Mackey Giddy Up II Giclee Print

Get those boots on, and get ready for an adventure.

Limited Edition

Hand-Embellished Artist Proofs

Giclée on Canvas

30″ x 40″ (Ltd Ed of 125) – $2,875 (Add $500 for 2″ Universal Frame)

36″ x 48″ (Ltd Ed of 95) – $3,995 (Add $600 for 2″ Universal Frame)

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shawn mackey double trouble bears giclee print

Shawn Mackey Double Trouble Bears Giclee Print

There’s no time like play time.

Hand-Embellished by Artist

Gallery Wrapped Giclée on Canvas

24″ x 24″ (Limited Edition of 75) – $1,990

30″ x 30″ (Limited Edition of 45) – 2,450

40″ x 40″ (Limited Edition of 25) – $3,825

2″ Universal Frame is extra and depends on chosen size

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shawn mackey gaucho horse acrylic painting

Shawn Mackey Gaucho Giclee Print

Vintage cowboy circa 1890.

Hand-Embellished by Artist

Gallery Wrapped Giclée on Canvas

24″ x 24″ (Limited Edition of 75) – $1,990

36″ x 36″ (Limited Edition of 45) – 2,950

40″ x 40″ (Limited Edition of 25) – $3,825

2″ Universal Frame is extra and depends on chosen size

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shawn macke yeehaw western girl art giclee print

Shawn Mackey Yeehaw Giclee Print

What a day! I think it’s time for a little Cotton-Eyed Joe.

Limited Edition

Hand-Embellished Artist Proofs

Giclée on Canvas

32″ x 20″ (Ltd Ed of 125) – $2,100 (Add $380 for 2″ Universal Frame)

40” x 24“ (Ltd Ed of 95) – $2,550 (Add $460 for 2″ Universal Frame)

48” x 30” (Ltd Ed of 95) – $3,625 (Add $560 for 2″ Universal Frame)

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Shawn Mackey chevy girl giclee print

Shawn Mackey I’m a Chevy Girl 32×20 Giclee Print

Don’t mess with my truck, she’s like family.

Hand-Embellished by Artist

Artist Proofs Gallery Wrapped Giclée on Canvas

20″ x 32″ (Ltd Ed of 125) – $2,100 (Add $380 for 2″ Universal Frame)

24” x 40“ (Ltd Ed of 95) – $2,550 (Add $460 for 2″ Universal Frame)

30” x 48” (Ltd Ed of 95) – $3,625 (Add $560 for 2″ Universal Frame)

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Shawn Mackey Bareback II Original Painting Cowgirl

Shawn Mackey Bareback II Giclee Print

A Cowboy hat is a must, everything else is optional

Hand-Embellished by Artist

Gallery Wrapped Giclée on Canvas

24″ x 24″ (Limited Edition of 125) – $1,990

36″ x 36″ (Limited Edition of 95) – 2,950

40″ x 40″ (Limited Edition of 95) – $3,825

2″ Universal Frame is extra and depends on chosen size

Learn More »

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