Hi folks, I’m Garry Mac. If you landed on this page, perhaps you’d like to know a wee bit about me?
I’m Glaswegian born and bred, and I’m a practising writer and artist. I’ve been drawing comics for around five years, having started out in self-funded small press books. I still work in indie comics, but for the last year or so, I’ve quit working on anything but paid comic book work. I founded the indie label, Unthank Comics in 2013, along with Stephen Sutherland and Harry French. Between us, and with an increasing number of collaborators, we release high-quality, exciting, adventurous and sometimes challenging comic books that stretch the limits of small press expectations.
I wear a variety of other guises, and here’s a few of them:
I currently run a charity called Cosmic Designs, which delivers visual arts workshops to community groups. We’re currently on a bit of a hiatus after delivering a large project funded by Youngstart last year, which was called ‘I AM ART’, where we delivered workshops on the theme of identity to young LGBT people.
This was a project close to my heart, as I identify as a queer or gay man. While my work in comics doesn’t always reflect this, increasingly LGBT and Queer themes are becoming visible in that side of my practice, while my more expressive art practice tends to deal directly with these themes.
In 2013, I undertook my first solo art exhibition, Rotarot, at The Virginia Gallery in Glasgow. This was an exhibition of a brand-new major arcana from the Tarot, strutting a line between autobiography and archetype. I’ve also taken part in group shows, some of which can be found on the ‘Media’ page.
In early 2014 I was announced as one of this year’s recipients of LGBT History Month’s Cultural Commissions. I’m undertaking an animation project exploring the diversity of identity within the LGBT community. This is a bit project thematically, and I’ve spent the last couple of months wrestling with my original proposal – animations that compared older and younger LGBT generations – with the results of the community interviews I did – interviews that quickly highlighted the fairly limited nature of the LGBTI* acronym. Work-in-progress will be posted online soon, so watch out for that – I’m expecting the work to now be more fluid, fractal and kaleidoscopic in nature. What does that actually mean? Stay tuned to find out!
And most recently I took part in a residency at Pride House Glasgow run by Leap Sports during the Commonwealth Games. Visual artist and film maker Lucy Holmes-Elliot and I undertook live art during the Games – we photographed, sketched and painted portraits of LGBT people and allies, volunteers and politicians who came to visit Pride House.
Expect to see examples of all of this work appear in the blog over the next couple of weeks!
I’m available to discuss commissions of all kinds, particularly comic book and artist residency work. While I’m fairly busy just now, I’m always keen to discuss new projects and collaborations, so get in touch if you want to chat!