In the mid 19th century, painters Mackay and Burchelow came up with some of the earliest ways to make paints. They learned that by adding water and turpentine, they could form a pastel paint. Their products were used in many Australian homes and their influence grew as the new towns set out from the country.
The style of the day was determined by the need for cloth to make clothing and cover boots and gloves. The new towns also needed new buildings and sties so Mackay built his own mill and began producing shoes and cloth. He also made gun barrels and other metal items. As his business flourished, he negotiated with the Victorian government to have a bank built nearby so that grain deliveries would be easier.
When World War 1 broke out, Mackay and his town of Macksay were among the first to see the negative effects of war on Australia. Their mills had been destroyed, but they were able to produce war supplies and some food. The people of the area took part in building the country’s own military base at Port MacDonnell. Mackay was particularly important in the early stages of the war as he was a boat driver and a gunner who could help transport supplies to and from the beaches.
As his business flourished, he invited other painters to his studio. Many of these artists stayed in the area and even started their own businesses there. Mackay’s reputation spread further when he became the first Westerner to paint the Melbourne Zoo. This was followed by other national institutions such as the Sydney Zoo, where he taught for many years.
The area around Macksay in Victoria is well known for its clay and pottery, which are well known throughout the world. It was here that painters such as William Blakely and Charles Morritz worked. Many modern painters of renown lived in and around Mackay. They included painters such as Frank Lloyd Wright.
Mackay is also popular with tourists now. It is an excellent place for new and young artists to display their work. The emphasis is on producing quality paintings rather than quantity. This has meant that some of the older, more established artists have been forced to move to bigger and better places in order to be noticed.
The area around Mackay is very desirable for people who want a relaxing holiday. It has beautiful scenery, which appeals to all walks of life. The main towns of Barwon Heads and St Kilda are within walking distance of each other. There are many historic buildings to explore, cafes and restaurants to eat at, and art galleries to view. In summer there is often an array of festivals held in the area.
Mackay has produced some of Australia’s most respected painters. These include Peter Leley, John Pilsworth, Frank McKenzie, William Collins and John James. The area has been described as having the largest concentration of modern art studios in Australia outside of Sydney. These studios offer modern day artists a chance to display their work. Many of these painters have chosen to live in and around Mackay instead of further away from the city.