Landon Mackenzie

Landon Mackenzie is a senior Canadian artist who has exhibited nationally as well as in Europe, Asia and the United States. She is widely admired for her large-format paintings that are layered over time with symbolic gestures referencing her research and personal experiences with geography, history, anatomy and geometry. Her intuitive use of colour, mark-making and process are defining characteristics of her practice.


Works on paper are an integral part of Mackenzie’s oeuvre. A more transportable medium, paper allows her to paint in different parts of the world and new contexts are the inspiration behind much of her work. She has completed several residencies, both self-initiated and appointed, including in China, Germany and France and has a studio on Prince Edward Island where she spends each summer. 


Landon Mackenzie was born in 1954 and grew up in Toronto. She received her BFA from NSCAD University and her MFA from Concordia University. Mackenzie is based in Vancouver, B.C. and was a professor at Emily Carr University for over thirty years. Her work is included in museum collections across the country including the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax; the Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal; the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Audain Museum, Whistler, B.C.. Recent museum exhibitions include Landon Mackenzie: Parallel Journey (Kelowna Art Gallery, touring 2015-2017); Emily Carr and Landon Mackenzie: Wood Chopper and the Monkey at the Vancouver Art Gallery (2015) and Landon Mackenzie: Nervous Centre at the Esker Foundation (2012). Mackenzie was a recipient of the 2017 Governor General’s Award for excellence in the field of Visual Arts.