John MacKechnie RSA was born in Glasgow in 1949. He studied drawing and painting at the Glasgow School of Art and subsequently studied printmaking at Brighton Polytechnic. He has held solo exhibitions in galleries throughout Britain, including the Richard Demarco Gallery in Edinburgh, Lawrence Graham in London and the Glasgow Print Studio.
John's group exhibitions include “Expressions – Scottish Art 1976 – 1989”, Dundee Contemporary Art, “Glasgow’s Art,”, Glasgow, Ljubljana Print Biennale Slovenia; the Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. He has also participated in various art fairs in Los Angeles, London, Glasgow, Chicago, New York and Sydney and his work is featured in public collections including the Scottish Arts Council, Art in Healthcare, the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco and the British Museum.
John's received the Scottish Arts Council Travel Award and he has been a Royal Scottish Academician since 2005. He is currently the Director at the Glasgow Print Studio. Much of his work focuses on urban themes and an ‘interest in a perceived notion of American culture in general’.