Fiona McIntyre

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Statement

"True to her Scottish origins, the energetic and gestural painter Fiona McIntyre is a colourist, extolling the virtues of painterly spontaneity to capture often elusive effects of multivarious landscapes in flux. Within the environments that have moved her, she complements observation with improvisation and interpretation. Using decisive sweeps of paint or charcoal her works have the earthy gravitas of the (early) Van Gogh - inspired Cumbrian painter Sheila Fell while also, in terms of her strong palette, evoking the chromatic romanticism of Innes and John....This artist’s uncanny mix of cerebral and sensual qualities corresponds with a plethora of influences ranging from immediate family background - McIntyre’s great grandfather was the celebrated Camden Town painter Malcolm Drummond on whom she has lectured with eloquence and insight" 

Peter Davies - writer and art critic
 
 
PRESS
 

TELEGRAPH 11th Jan 2015 - Bristol celebrates art of the tree

 

"To kick off Bristol’s year as the European Green Capital, a gallery has been transformed

into a magical arboretum

 

...The city’s oldest gallery, the RWA, has been transformed into a colourful arboretum for an exhibition by a newly formed group of artists. Rows of trees in works by a group of 30 British painters, printmakers and sculptors line the bright Victorian rooms at the Royal West of England Academy. Despite stylistic differences, they, like most British landscapists from John Constable to David Hockney, love trees and return to the subject again and again. Thus they’ve given themselves the tongue-in-cheek name the Arborealists.

 

Trees have played an important part in British art since the Romantics first put them centrecanvas. Constable drew and painted them as singular subjects, like portraits, even talking of the “young lady” ash tree on Hampstead Heath; Henry Moore used to play at naming tree species from a distance; Paul Nash said: “I love and worship trees and believe they are people”; Hockney talked of the “spatial thrill” of trees – anyone who saw his Royal Academy exhibition in 2012 will know exactly what he was on about.

 

Some artists have sought a similar effect at ArboretumThere are vibrant plein air works filledwith life and optimism, such as Greenish Deep, in which Fiona McIntyre’s gnarled willows break through the picture frame and bounce off reflecting water. But since the show follows the recent alarm over the spread of ash dieback and other tree diseases, Arboretum is, overall, a melancholy contemplation of the state of man’s current relationship with trees"...

 

by Florence Waters - writer for the Telegraph

 

 

31st Jan 2015 

 

Saturday Times Review - 'Exhibition Critics Would Pay To See' - featuring 'Greening Deep'.

 

Times What's On - review of Arboreal by Rachel Campbell Johnson

 

 
 

 

 

 

Biography

1963 Born in Nairobi Kenya

Brought up in Dublin and the South of England followed by seven years living and working in Sweden.

 

1981-82 West Surrey College of Art and Design

1982 - 85 Edinburgh College of Art - BA (hons) Fine Art

1989 - 92 Grafikskolan Forum - mentored by printmaker Bertil Lundberg

1992 - 93 Winchester School of Art - MA (Europen Fine Art)

 









 

 

 

Exhibition History

0000SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016Bishop's Palace Wells - A Tree Within
2012Montpellier Gallery Chelt. - Painting Land and Sea
2004Reece Mews London - Curve of your Eye
0000MIXED EXHIBITIONS
2017Art Bermondsey Project Space -Arborealists.
2017Dortoir des Moines de Saint Benoit en Juillet, France
2017Southampton City Art Gallery - Capture the Castle
2017Nature In Art, Gloucester - Arborealists
2017RWA, Bristol - Drawn
2016St Barbe Art Museum - Arborealists
2016Discoed Church, Wales - Capture the Castle
2016Westonbirt Arboretum, Glos - Arborealists
2016Southampton City Art Gallery - The Romantic Thread in British Art
2015Mottisfont Abbey, National Trust - Arborealists.
2014 - 15The Art of Trees; the Arborealists and other Artists at RWA, Bristol
2014Mariner's Chapel - St Ives
2014Gerald Moore Gallery, London - Under the Greenwood: Picturing the British Tree.
2013St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery - Under the Greenwood: Picturing the British Tree.
2013Corinium Museum, Cirencester - Hidden Treasures.
1988 - 11TWO/THREE PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2013Wet Paint Gallery, Cirencester - with Sophie Ryder and Don Cordery.
2011Quest Gallery, Bath - 'Celtic Roots' with Wendy Dison
2010D'Arcy Gallery - 'Coastal' with Ian Shearman
2003The Rope Store Gallery, Nailsworth - with Terry Cripps
1988Lund University, Sweden - with Krystina Piotrowska
2012GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2012Bath Contemporary - Kingdom and County
2012Bath Scientific & Literary Institute - BSA
2012Moncrieff-Bray Gallery, Sussex.
2011Resipole Studios, Acharacle, Argyll.
2011The Montpellier Gallery, Cheltenham
2010Jonathan Poole, Gloucestershire.
2010Thompsons Gallery, Marlybone, London.
2010Summerfield Gallery, Cheltenham
2007The Swell Gallery, Gloucestershire.
2007Bowlish Contemporary, Shepton Mallet.
2007/8/9Carina Haslam Fine Art. AAF, Battersea.
2006/9Out Of The Blue Gallery, Bath.
2006 - 10The D'Arcy Gallery, Cheltenham.
2002 - 12Victoria Art Gallery, Bath.
2005The Lennox Gallery, Chelsea, London.
2005Gallery 22, Ashburton, Devon.
2004The Great Barn, Higher Ashton, Devon.
2004Christies, St James, London - 'Art for Life'.
2003The Hotbath Gallery, Bath.
2002The Royal West of England Academy.
2002Camden Fine Art, Bath. Contemporary art with the Camden Town Group.
1999Arts Haven, Exeter.
1997Lund Art Museum, Sweden. Retrospective Printmakers.
1996The Mall Galleries, London. Discerning Eye.
1995Konstfrämjande, Malmö, Sweden.
1994Delfina Studio Trust, Bermondsey, London.
1994The Coventry Gallery, London. 'Festival of Women's Art'.
1993Le Chat Noir, Albemarle Street, London.
1993Studio 9, London. Winchester Post Graduates.
1993Winchester School of Art.
1993British Council, Barcelona.
1992Gallery F15, Moss, Norway.
1991Forum Galleriet (Malmö Roseum), Sweden.
1990Gallery Konstnärscentrum, Malmö, Sweden.
1988Gallery Bengt Adlers, Malmo and Lund Museum - 'From the Corners of my Eye'. Art performance.
1987Bohuslän Art Museum, Sweden - Laderfabriken.
1985The Stockbridge Gallery, Edinburgh.
1984The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.