Ian McKinnell

Mixed Media / Photography • Orange Route • Springback • New in 2022

I pen my work as “digital art on the run” – it starts with found images of surfaces, textures and colours and I use what we mostly have to hand; a smart phone. Then “I take them for a walk”, to borrow a phrase.

Images of studio
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My Practice

My abstract photography begins with found images – my interest is drawn to surfaces, textures and colours. These are often digitally manipulated, blending multiple images before printing. I increasingly create collages with multiple prints collaged with other materials and incorporating other mark making techniques using art paints and inks.
Although I strive for the abstract, I like working from found images so that the final work will retain an “organic memory” of the real world which in turn provides a hook for the viewer’s imagination.

In this video I give a short overview of my practice by running through the steps in creating a tryptic collage, from original digital images to final mixed media mounted work.

Tools & Materials

My home is my make-do studio and work tends to spread across the house! I work a lot on digital manipulation of images, so to some extend my studio is in my head. Some images stay as digital prints, but I increasingly use scissors, sticky-back plastic and glue; then comes anything from oil sticks to gold leaf, art papers and even found materials to build up mixed media collages.

During lockdown I’ve was able to work through my “back catalogue” of images collected on my travels to make new work and I have developed online ways of presenting my work in lieu of being able to meet in person, including an “print-on-demand” book of my work and online “FlipBooks” as novel ways to present work interactively online.

Examples of work
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Spring Fling Activity

I will be adding more short videos and FlipBooks showing my practice to my website during Spring Fling 2022. I will also be posting some new work as special offers for visitors – in person or online – check out my web links and Instagram feed for updates.

Spring Fling Friends Offer

10% discount for Friends of Spring Fling

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The Studio, Mallabay Steadings, Irongray, Dumfries, DG2 9SF

Between Terregles and Shawhead. Follow old-fashioned sign for Crochmore and Meiklebarncleugh. Stay on this road for just over a mile and the studio will be on the right. There’s signage.



  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Disabled Parking


  • Toilet
  • Family Friendly
  • Parking (25 spaces)
  • Credit/debit cards accepted
  • Open through the year by appointment

Visiting my studio

You can visit by appointment at any time of the year.

Evening Openings

Fri / Sat

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