SITE 23Lester-Garland House, Trinity
Elizabeth McIntosh’s practice explores abstraction beyond the conventional approaches of Modernist painting. Rather than performing rigid exercises in resolving compositions to taste and aesthetic, she searches for new relationships from the history of painting, reiterating and modulating these forms through devices that render them weird and wonderful. Using a combination of softened edges, awkward shapes and odd layering, her paintings resist the authority of hard-edged geometric abstraction. Her intuitive, oil-based works offer an encounter with the unfamiliar, a refreshingly human and open-ended antidote to the perfection of formal abstraction.
McIntosh received her MFA from Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, UK. Her work has been exhibited at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Parisian Laundry, Montreal; Diaz Contemporary, Toronto; Mendel Art Gallery and Santa Monica Museum of Art. Her work is included in collections of the AGO, National Gallery of Canada and Perimeter Institute. In 2013 she won the VIVA Award. McIntosh is Assistant Professor of Painting and Visual Arts at Emily Carr University.