Born in 1973, Hamish Mackie grew up on a livestock farm in Cornwall. He attended Falmouth School of Art and studied design at Kingston University. Hamish began sculpting full time in 1996, thus turning his passions into a career.
In 2014, Hamish Mackie won a major public art commission for the Berkeley Homes Goodman’s Fields development in the City of London – six life and quarter size horses running loose through the pedestrianised plaza. During this year long project, he collaborated with Lockbund to create a new foundry big enough for the job that required over a kilometre of steel for the armatures, six tonnes of clay, one tonne of silicone rubber and four tonnes of bronze. The sculptures were unveiled in 2015 to critical acclaim and the following year, won the Public Monuments and Sculptures Association’s Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Fountains.
‘…standing at the end of a very long process of development. Hamish’s sculpture is clearly informed by the works of the ancient Egyptians and the Renaissance, through to the more recent realism and drama of Barye and Buggatti.’ (Edward Lucie-Smith, Art Critic)