Iain Paul McInnes has spent his first fifty years deeply immersed in the arts.
After studying piano, voice, and painting throughout his childhood he was asked at age 18 to front a rock band with whom he played many London music venues, including headlining the original Marquee, the Astoria, Dingwalls, Brunel University, Rock Garden, Mean Fiddler, and the London Anti Racism Festival on the South Bank, supporting Stevie Wonder.
He studied voice with Tona De Brett, acting with Tim Rowlands of the Evening Academy, Dance with Julia De Peyer, and piano with Peter Scott of the Royal School of Music.
In the late 80's he was offered a leading role in Jesus Christ Superstar for the British Council, taking place on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius with a cast of 156 people. He then went on a nine month UK tour of Hair, having earned his Equity membership and then a three month run of Cabaret at the Leicester Haymarket theatre.
During both periods he was traveling widely, studying the art and architecture of Rome, Venice, Paris, Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, Tunisia, Istanbul, Athens and the Greek Islands, Thailand, Singapore, Barcelona, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cornwall, and Dublin.
The next phase saw a move into the circus arts, performing as a professional juggler, stilt walker, and fire breather at hundreds of events and festivals across the UK. He attended Trapeze School and learned directly from some of the world's finest jugglers; Gregory Popovich, Anton Topp, Andy Bull, Asterix, Max Oddball, Cindy Marvel, Sean Gandini.
He moved to New York City in the mid nineties and within three years had worked in 48 states as a speaker / performer, teaching juggling as a "metaphor for managing multiple priorities." At this time he joined the New York Choral Society, performing twice at Carnegie Hall and recording an album at the Manhattan School of Music of the poems of Robert Frost to the the music of Randall Thompson.
He performed at the Bitter End in the East Village and on radio interviews as backup for the singer Katya. He also recorded an album with Populuxe.
During his time in New York he shared a workspace with the Israeli painter, Royi Akavia and learned to stretch large canvases.
He made daily visits to the studios of Kaye Mahoney, the Australian Thai artist, from whom he learned fresco techniques.
For several years he shared a duplex with Kevin Kobasic, the illustrator and comic book artist, from whom he learned perspective and humility.
For many years he assisted and played chess with Richard Weinstein, the illustrator and portrait painter and now teacher at SVA.
He also spent a lot of time in a photo studio in Queens making black and white prints with the tuition of Jimmy Johnson.
From 1999-2005 he took hundreds of pictures of street art, murals, and billboards, using deeply saturated color slides. This work will be shown in 2020.
He photographed the events of Sept 11th, 2001 and became a member of Here Is New York, a group of six hundred photographers whose pictures were included in a world tour, shown at the International Center of Photography, the School of Visual Arts and archived in the Library of Congress.
He won an Award for artistic excellence from the Morristown Festival.
He assisted, on several occasions, the British photographer, Lawrence Lawry.
He continued his study of art history, visiting museums and galleries in Washington DC, New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fort Worth, Philadelphia, and others.
He studied blues piano with Les Horan, Drums with Art Engoran, voice with Peter Susser of Columbia University, voice with Israeli opera singer, Ruth Tavor, and piano with Eric Doney.
He has run over 100 award winning large mural projects as team building exercises with companies and other groups.
He would like to publish his four books for children, Zig and the World's Tallest Sandwich, Friendly Monster Alphabet Book, Tales From the Forest, and Melanie Messes It Up.
This is his second solo show of paintings.
Thank you for your interest.
Iain Paul McInnes
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(Iain is an ancient Scottish name. The two i's indicate its Gaelic roots)