Artist Showcase | Glen Mackie

Clan group: lama (Yam)
Language group: Kala Lagaw

Glen Mackie (Kei Kalak) was born on Thursday Island, Torres Strait, in 1975. He lives and works in Cairns, Queensland, and is primarily a printmaker.

Glen is respected as a leader of the Torres Strait Islander printmaking movement that began in Queensland in the 1990s. He uses a bold minar, or infill-designs, as well family totemic designs, and geometric patterns of his own in order to recount ancestral stories.

Glen is on of Yam Island’s few practising artists. Through his art practice he feels a deep responsibility to keep alive the sacred stories of the four ancestral brothers who travelled from the north and settled in Zenadh Kes, more commonly known as the central and eastern Torres Strait Islands.

Glen’s work has exhibited nationally and internationally, and his work is represented in public and private collections in Australia and overseas. He has received numerous art awards and undertaken significant public art commissions.  

Group Exhibitions | Highlighted Works

Carving Country: Indigenous Prints from the Collection
20 Jan - 29 Feb 2024

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Glen (Kei Kalak) Mackie, Waru 2009, linocut, 122 x 49 cmDonated by Editions Tremblay through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2012.

17 Dec 2022 – 12 Feb 2023

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Glen (Kei Kalak) Mackie, Ngai 2022, 116 x 80cm, Courtesy of the artist

FACELESS Transforming Identity: Blak/Black Artists from North Australia, Africa and the African Diaspora 2022
25 Jun – 2 Oct 2022

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Glen (Kei Kalak) Mackie, Kuyk Kara 2022, hand coloured linocut, Courtesy of the artist and Theo Tremblay


between tradition and innovation 

17 Oct 2020 – 10 Jan 2021

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Glen (Kei Kalak) Mackie, Kebisu, 2017, vinylcut, Cairns Art Gallery Collection


1 Dec 2017 – 18 Feb 2018

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Glen (Kei Kalak) Mackie, Kebisu, 2017, vinylcut, Cairns Art Gallery Collection

27 Nov 2015 – 7 Feb 2016

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Glen (Kei Kalak) Mackie and Theo Tremblay, Story Boats, 2015, printed on cotton, bamboo, pigment on wood, nylon string, Courtesy of the artists

Mali Minar: Art of the Torres Strait
2 Apr – 22 May 2011

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Glen (Kei Kalak) Mackie, Amipuru, 2009, linocut, Gift of the artist, 2011



Collection Works

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