Margaret McIntosh

Margaret McIntosh

Artist Profile

Biography

We have familiar relationships with objects and spaces. Moving across and between different landscapes we use particular associations to form connections. The familiar objects we bring to unfamiliar settings helps us to create a sense of belonging. Like when we go camping, we pack our cars full of stuff that creates a living space within the bush, then pack it up and take it home again. What we construct in those places is transient, but the relationships aren’t. The feeling of belonging resonates in memory.

As I move within the urban landscape, I look for things that are changing – shadows on weatherboards, tree leaves changing colour, a house being renovated. I notice them in contrast to that which becomes permanent, like a dead car whose enduring presence can be measured by grass growth. Like opposite crop-circles, long grass pokes out from under the shell of a car in contrast to the neat lawns that have been mowed around it. Whether permanent or changing we are surrounded by signs of life. These signs embody the relationships we forge between objects and place, and create the familiar backdrops to our lives.

Margaret McIntosh is a Melbourne based artist. In 2009 she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) at the Victorian College of the Arts where she received the Maude Glover Fleay graduate award. McIntosh completed a Masters of Art Therapy at Latrobe University in 2016. She has exhibited both locally and overseas, including a sell-out first exhibition at James Makin Gallery, as a part of Summer New (2018).

We have familiar relationships with objects and spaces. Moving across and between different landscapes we use particular associations to form connections. The familiar objects we bring to unfamiliar settings helps us to create a sense of belonging. Like when we go camping, we pack our cars full of stuff that creates a living space within the bush, then pack it up and take it home again. What we construct in those places is transient, but the relationships aren’t. The feeling of belonging resonates in memory.

As I move within the urban landscape, I look for things that are changing – shadows on weatherboards, tree leaves changing colour, a house being renovated. I notice them in contrast to that which becomes permanent, like a dead car whose enduring presence can be measured by grass growth. Like opposite crop-circles, long grass pokes out from under the shell of a car in contrast to the neat lawns that have been mowed around it. Whether permanent or changing we are surrounded by signs of life. These signs embody the relationships we forge between objects and place, and create the familiar backdrops to our lives.

Margaret McIntosh is a Melbourne based artist. In 2009 she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) at the Victorian College of the Arts where she received the Maude Glover Fleay graduate award. McIntosh completed a Masters of Art Therapy at Latrobe University in 2016. She has exhibited both locally and overseas, including a sell-out first exhibition at James Makin Gallery, as a part of Summer New (2018).

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2020 333Projects, Clayton Utz, Melbourne
2020 Behind the Couch, James Makin Gallery, Collingwood
2019 That Album Sounds Different in Winter, James Makin Gallery, Collingwood
2018 Dead Car, Neospace, Collingwood
2015 Dear John, Off The Kerb, Collingwood
2013 Dog House, c3 Gallery, Abbotsford Convent
2010 Other People’s Houses, Cowwarr Art Space, Cowwarr

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2021 Summer New, James Makin Gallery, Collingwood
2020 Common Thread, St Heliers Gallery, Abbotsford
2020 Summer New, James Makin Gallery, Collingwood
2020 Summer New, James Makin Gallery, Collingwood
2019 Summer New, James Makin Gallery, Collingwood
2019 The Correspondence of Noticing, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick
2018 Summer New, James Makin Gallery, Collingwood
2018 Incinerator Art Award Finalists Exhibition, Incinerator Gallery, Moonee Ponds
2017 Makeshift, Neon Parlour, Thornbury
2009 VCA Graduate Exhibition, Victorian College of the Arts, Southbank

AWARDS/ RESIDENCIES
2018 Incinerator Art Prize (Finalist) Incinerator Gallery, Moonee Ponds
2014 Trois Rivières, Artists Residency, Montreal, Canada
2012 Directed, designed and installed a four metre mural, Morwell Central Café
2009 Maude Glover Fleay Award, Victorian College of the Arts Graduate Exhibition

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  • Well ReadMargaret McIntosh Well Read 2021 oil on board 40 x 50cm

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  • He Owes You More Than Just the BondMargaret McIntosh He Owes You More Than Just the Bond 2021 oil on board 60 x 72cm

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  • Break the LeaseMargaret McIntosh Break the Lease 2021 oil on board 60 x 72cm

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  • Not near the supermarketMargaret McIntosh Not near the supermarket 2021 oil on board 70 x 80cm

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  • Little DecisionsMargaret McIntosh Little Decisions 2020 oil on panel 90 x 100cm

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  • Hanging Above Your SideMargaret McIntosh Hanging Above Your Side 2020 oil on panel 72 x 60cm $1,800.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Everything is GoodMargaret McIntosh Everything is Good 2020 oil on panel 72 x 60cm

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