Elizabeth McIntosh, who lives in Vancouver, has shown across Canada and the United States including exhibitions at Blanket Contemporary Gallery and the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver, and Parisian Laundry in Montreal. Group exhibitions include PAINT at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and Spell: A Travelling Exhibition of Contemporary Abstraction at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon. Her work is in public and private collections all over Canada. McIntosh is the recipient of a number of grants and awards. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Painting and Visual Arts at Emily Carr University.
Elizabeth McIntosh, Untitled (With Round Feet), 2005. Oil on canvas, 190.5 x 228.6 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa Purchased 2007 with the Joy Thomson Fund for the Acquisition of Art by Young Canadian Artists, National Gallery of Canada Foundation Photo © NGC.
Working out of Vancouver, Elizabeth McIntosh is part of a revival in painting in a city known for photo conceptualism. For McIntosh, abstract painting is a means of communicating non verbal ideas. She paints playful geometric compositions, challenging modernist conventions of abstraction by incorporating purposefully awkward (yet pleasurable) forms and colour combinations that create a dynamic tension. In Untitled (With Round Feet), pockets of peach and green disrupt the bluish palette, and the washy application of paint reveals darker shades beneath. McIntosh’s crooked triangles project right off the canvas like undulating geodesic domes, creating a push and pull effect of different visual planes that challenge the two dimensionality of the medium. The painting appears to be propped up on little feet, becoming a painting within a painting – a whimsical detail typical of McIntosh’s approach.