David McKay has been painting on a full-time basis in Fredericton, New Brunswick for over forty years. He graduated from Fredericton High School and the Saint John Institute of Technology and is self-taught as an artist.
Early in his career, McKay established himself by exhibiting in regional art galleries and as early as 1976 began showing in Montreal and Toronto. Also in 1976, he was included in an internationally touring exhibition titled Atlantic Coast that was organized by the National Gallery of Canada.
Throughout the seventies and eighties the artist worked diligently honing his skills and continued showing throughout Canada (Hollander York Gallery in Toronto, The Shayne Gallery in Montreal, The Gallery in St. John’s Newfoundland, Ferntree Gallery in Calgary, The Ring Gallery in Saint John, Gallery One in Moncton and Gallery 78 in Fredericton).
David has been featured nationally on both radio and television (Anthology on CBC radio, 1987, Spirited Artists on Bravo TV, 2003, Studio Tour on Bell Aliant Community Channel, 2013). He has been the subject of dozens of interviews for the press and for television and radio.
McKay’s artwork was selected for inclusion in The N.B. Juried Exhibition (1985), The N.B. Art Competition (1987), and received an honourable mention in The Marion McCain Juried Exhibition (1989) at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. David McKay’s work was shown at The Toronto International Art Fair in 2007 and The Boston International Fine Art Show in 2008. In 2010 the artist participated in the exhibition Wolastoq (Beautiful River): The Saint John River Project at The Beaverbrook Art Gallery and Portraits-New Brunswick Artists at the New Brunswick Museum in 2009.
David McKay’s artwork is in numerous private collections and is in the following public collections: The Beaverbrook Art Gallery, His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, Mount Allison University, l'Université de Moncton, Irving Oil Limited, the New Brunswick Art Bank, the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, the University of New Brunswick, the New Brunswick Museum, Esso Resource Center, McCain Foods (Canada) and the City of Fredericton.
David McKay has recently completed service of a four-year term on the board of directors of The Canada Council for the Arts. He was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts (RCA) in 2006.