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Notable Current and Upcoming Exhibitions:
Australia
David recently helda solo exhibition at the Frances Keevil Gallery in Double Bay, Sydney, from 20th March to 4th April 2012.
Images of the paintings are on the gallery web site www.franceskeevilart.com.au ;
Limited-edition prints of David’s work will also be available from the gallery stock room. Images of these prints are also on the gallery web site www.franceskeevilart.com.au ;
 
David is currently working towards his next solo exhibition, to be held in August 2013 at the New England Regional Art Museum in Armidale, New South Wales.
 
England
One of David’s paintings, of Eucalyptus macrocarpa subsp. elachantha, is in a current exhibition of paintings of rare and endangered plants from around the world, ‘Plants in Peril’, at the Link Gallery in London to April 2012. 
 
USA
‘Botanicals – Environmental Expressions in Art’
‘Snowgum’ Triptych
This exhibition, ‘Botanicals – Environmental Expressions in Art’, was organised through the Hunt Botanical Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The exhibition was most recently at the Arthur and Janet Ross Gallery in New York, to Jan 2011.
It will next be at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wisconsin from June to August 2012.
Notable Recent Exhibitions:
England
“Down Under”, a collection of works by Australian and New Zealand botanical artists. The Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Kew Gardens, London (to June 2009).
‘Treasures of Botanical Art; Icons from the Shirley Sherwood and Kew Collections’, opened by Sir David Attenborough on 17th April 2008. The Shirley Sherwood Gallery in Kew Gardens, London.
‘Botanical Artists of the World II’, Tryon Gallery, London, 2001.
Japan
A Passion for Plants. The Shirley Sherwood Collection – Contemporary Botanical Masterworks’, an exhibition at Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art, Headquarters Building, 42nd Floor (top floor), 1-26-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo from 22nd April to 2nd July 2006. There were 120 works by 90 artists from 18 countries, many never exhibited before; none had been shown previously in Japan.

Australia

‘The Eternal Order in Nature’ The science of botanical illustration. An exhibition of botanical art held in conjunction with the International Botanical Congress (the IBC 2011) in Melbourne in July 2011.

‘Botanica 2006 – The Masters’ Exhibition. The exhibition was opened by Margaret Olley on the evening of Wednesday 5th July, 2006. The Maiden Theatre at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney. Eighteen artists from New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia were invited to submit work to this exhibition which proved to be one of the most outstanding exhibitions of botanical art seen in Australia for many years.
Exhibitions list:
Solo exhibitions:
2011 (Upcoming) – ‘Around the Next Bend’, an exhibition of recent botanical and wildlife paintings and drawings at Gallery 126, Armidale NSW (David’s home town)

2005 – “Tree and Leaf – an exhibition of paintings and prints by David Mackay”, Gallery 126, Armidale, NSW, Australia

2003 – “’Snowgum’ triptych and other recent works”, private showing, Armidale, NSW, Australia.
1999 – “Botanical Reflections”, The Stables Gallery, Armidale, NSW, Australia.
Group Exhibitions:
2010 -11 – “Botanicals – Environmental Expressions in Art”. New York Botanical Garden, USA.
2010 – New Treasures from the Florilegium Collection of The Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Red Box Gallery, RBG Sydney.
2010 “Botanica 2010 – Treasuring our plants, treasuring our planet”. Botanic Gardens Sydney.
2010 – “ONE TWO SIX presents Gallery Artists”. Gallery 126, Armidale NSW
2009-10 “Botanicals – Environmental Expressions in Art”. Hunt Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, USA.
2009 – “A Class Production – Paintings, drawings and sculptures inspired by botany”, an exhibition of paintings, drawings and sculptures by eleven artists from Armidale, Tenterfield, Warwick and Brisbane, all of whom had attended classes or workshops run by David. Link to media story – http://focusmag.com.au/ne/our-area/local_artists/david-mackay
2009 – “2009 Botanical Art Exhibition”. Banking Chamber, Dartnall Advisers, Moss Vale NSW
2009 – “A Brush with Nature”, Fernbrook Gallery, Kurrajong Heights, NSW
2009 – “Botanica – Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.
2008-09 – “Down Under – Contemporary Botanical Artists from Australia and New Zealand”, The Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Kew Gardens, London.
2008 – “Treasures of Botanical Art”, The Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Kew Gardens, London.
2008 – “Botanica – The Art of the Plant”, Lion Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.
2007 – The inaugural Southern Highlands Botanical Art Exhibition, organised through the Gardens Historical Society.
2007 – “Botanica – The Art of the Plant”, Lion Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.
2006 – “Botanica – The Masters Exhibition”, Maiden Theatre, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney
2006 – Margaret Flockton Award Exhibition, Red Box Gallery, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney
2006 – “A Passion for Plants” The Shirley Sherwood Collection – Contemporary Botanical Masterworks, at Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art, Headquarters Building, 42nd floor, 1-26-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
2006 – “With an Eye for Detail”, The Forest Gallery, South Durras, NSW.
2005 – “Artburst”, Fernbrook Gallery, Kurrajong Heights, NSW.
2005 – “Botanica – The Art of the Plant”, Lion Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic gardens Sydney.
2004 – “Celebration”, Hervey Bay Regional Botanic Gardens, Qld.
2004 – “Exploring Collectors – Two Centuries of Botanical Discovery”, Red Box Gallery, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.
2004 – “Botanica 2004 – The art of the plant”, Lion Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.
2003 –The Waterhouse” exhibition of natural history art, South Australian Museum.
2003 –A Passion for Plants: Art from the Shirley Sherwood Collection”, Smithsonian Institution, USA.
2003 – “Botanica 2003 – The art of the plant”, Lion Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney
2002-2003 - Shirley Sherwood exhibition of “Contemporary Botanical Art”, Denver Art Museum, USA.
2002 – “Botanica 2002 – The art of the plant”, Lion Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney
2001 – 2002 – “The 10th International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration”, The Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.
2001 – “Botanical Artists of the World II”, Tryon Gallery, London.
2001 – “Botanica 2001 – The art of the plant”, Lion Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney
2000 – “The State of the Waratah”, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney during the 2000 Olympics
2000 – “Botanica 2000 – The art of the plant”, Lion Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney
1999 – “Botanica – The art of the plant “, Lion Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney
1998 – “Nova Anglica – The web of our endeavours”, New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, NSW
1998 – Multi-colour, reduction lino-cut prints by the NERAM Lino-cut Class of ‘98, New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, NSW
1997 – Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney 10th Annual Art Exhibition, Lion Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney
1996 – “The Richness of Botanical Art”, Urrbrae House, Waite Institute, Adelaide, South Australia
1995 – “Garden Reflections- An exhibition of botanical and wildlife paintings by David Mackay, Nicola Oram and Marion Westmacott”, Lion Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney
1994 – “The Origin and Evolution of Monsoon Forests”, an exhibition of botanical art held in conjunction with an international botanical conference held at Kuranda, North Queensland, Australia.
1991 – “From Macquarie to Molecules – 175 years of botany and horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney”, Maiden Theatre, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.
1990 – “Flowers and Nature – Bruguel to van Gogh”, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. (I gave demonstrations in botanical art as part of the exhibition.)
1989 – “Science and Art”, part of the “Centenary of Science Graduates” celebration at the University of Sydney, Australia. (My work and that of Leonardo da Vinci were hung together for a comparison of past and present botanical art in the service of science.)
1983 – “Drawn from Life – The development of Botanical Illustration of Australian Plants”, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, Australia.