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Curriculum Vitae

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Artistic philosophy


I search for an art of balance and truth. My sculpture is deeply personal and in making it I am aware of “ the principle themes of human existence: the otherness of nature, the limitations of language and reason, the demons of personal identity and artistic creation, sex, childhood and death.” *


I try to see things through“ the eyes of a child” ** while struggling to rouse the “obscure power and penetrating inspiration“ * that is called the duende.



 * Frederico Garcia Lorca

** Henri Matisse


1974-6  University of Alberta Alumni Association Award in Fine Arts

1978  Alberta Culture Assistance Grant

1978  Canada Council Travel Grant

1978  Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Scholarship

1982  Edmonton Art Gallery Barcelona Artists Workshop Grant

1982  City of Barcelona Arts Grant

1985  Alberta Culture Project Grant

1986  Alberta Culture Project Grant

1988  Alberta Culture Travel Grant

1990  Alberta Culture Project Grant

1993  Alberta Culture Project Grant

1995  City of St. Albert sculpture commission

2003  Markin/CNRL Natural Resources Engineering Facility commission

2004  Alberta Foundation for the Arts Project Grant

2007  Gregg Distributors Sculpture Commission

2007  Bental Group/Livingston Place Sculpture Commission

2007  Alberta Foundation for the Arts Project Grant

2009  Canada Council/Alberta Creative Development Initiative Grant

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Solo Exhibitions

1981  Edmonton Art Gallery

1982  Martin Gerard Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

1983  Martin Gerard Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

1984  Martin Gerard Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

1987  Woltjen/Udell Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

1991  Woltjen/Udell Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

1993  Edmonton Art Gallery

1997  Vanderleelie Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

2004  Edmonton Art Gallery

2006  Peter Robertson Gallery, Edmonton, Albert

2008/09  The Places - Sculpture by Invitation Program, Shaw Conference Center, Edmonton, Alberta

2011 In the Grid, Peter Robertson Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Related Professional Experience

1980-85  Sessional Instructor, University of Alberta

1982  Attended inaugural Triangle Workshop, Pine Plains, New York

1986  "Collaboration in Clay" Invitational clay workshop for Alberta artists

1986  Triangle Artists Workshop, Mashomack, New York US

1987  Barcelona Artists Workshop, Barcelona, Spain

1992  Mashomack Artists Workshop, Pine Plains, New York, USA

1992/94  Sessional instructor, University of Alberta

1993  Phillip Berman Sculpture Workshop, Allentown, PA, USA

1994/96  Extensive study of Mayan sculpture and architecture, Guatemala, Yucatan, Honduras, Central America

2005  Advanced study, Florence, Rome, Paris

2008  Advanced study - Historical and contemporary art, Paris

2009  Advanced study - Historical and contemporary art, Madrid, Venice, Florence

2013-16 - Member of the Public Art Advisory Committee, City of St. Albert, Alberta, Canada


Macklin is unique in his ability to work with essentially the same motifs at any scale, from tiny table sculptures in porcelain to enormous steel constructions. His rising fan like constructions of the 1980s developed into lateral sequences of relatively anonymous curved parts in the 1990s. Macklin’s extraordinary ability to build overall configurations from side-by-side attachments may account for both his poetry and mastery of scale.


Terry Fenton, The Canadian

Public Collections

  • University of Alberta

  • Sarecom Collection, Calgary

  • McDougal Center, Calgary

  • Royal Alexandra Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta

  • Comino Foundation, Houston, Texas

  • Edmonton Art Gallery

  • Triangle Trust, New York

  • Catalunya Institute of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, Spain

  • Alberta Foundation for the Arts

  • Cross Cancer Institute, Edmonton, Alberta

  • Canada Council Art Bank

  • Imperial Oil Canada, Ltd.

  • Red Deer College

  • Gran MacEwan Community College

  • Lehigh Valley Hospital, Pennsylvania, USA

  • City of St Albert

  • Lock Haven University, Pennsylvania, USA

  • Cheyney University, Cheyney, Pennsylvania, USA

  • Francis Winspear Center for Music, Edmonton, Alberta

  • University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta

  • Markin/CNRL Natural Resources Engineering Building, University of Alberta

  • Belgravia Park – City of Edmonton, Edmonton, Alberta

  • Gregg Distributors, Edmonton, Alberta

  • Livingston Place, Calgary, Alberta

  • Robert T. Webb Sculpture Park, Dalton, Georgia, U.S.A

  • Ductal Precast Facade, University of Alberta Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering

  • “Spirit of St. Albert” sculpture commission, St. Albert, Alberta, Canada

  • Art Gallery of St. Albert, Alberta, Canada

  • Capital Boulevard Legacy Public Art Project - Canada 150 commission

  •  "Les jardins de Metis/Reford Gardens, Grand Metis, Quebec, Canada" (Canadian National Historic Site)


1972   University of Alberta, Faculty of Education

1973   University of Alberta, Faculity of Fine Arts, major in sculpture

1974-6  University of Alberta, Department of Extension, Ceramics

1976   Banff School of Fine Arts

1977   Emma Lake Workshop led by Sir Anthony Caro

1978   Received BFA with Distinction, University of Alberta

1979   St. Martins School of Art, London, England, Advanced Studies

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