James Alexander McKenzie (born Harare, 1994) is a Scottish painter whose impulsive and therapeutic practice encompasses collage, sculpture, installation, found objects, verse, prose, collaboration and performance. Taoist influence is at the core of his work and spontaneity is essential to his methodology.
McKenzie playfully explores themes which are often philosophically motivated and draws from personal experience. He is influenced by his work with children and people with disabilities and rejoices at their often perfect sincerity; the ability to live in the moment without preconceptions gives life a fullness which he is humbled by.
McKenzie is the founder of Pepsi Collective, a 21-member artist collective comprised of several generations of DJCAD graduate artists. They host exhibitions around Scotland irregularly.