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The artist as described by Peter Davies,

Tim Craven and Dr. Alan Wilkinson


 

“True to her Scottish origins, the energetic and gestural painter Fiona McIntyre (born 1963) is a colourist,

extolling the virtues of painterly spontaneity to capture often elusive effects of multivarious landscapes in flux.

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…"

 

Peter Davies - writer and art critic

 

 

 

“Every artist wants to have an original voice and so must deal in some way with the baggage of art history. Most are hybrids of different ideas and styles. Fiona McIntyre’s superlative paintings have evolved from many

and diverse influences. The number three is significant for Fiona’s art practice: a plein-air sketch informs a

worked-up and carefully composed study which becomes in turn a blueprint for the painting. There are also, I believe, three special qualities in the work that make it stand out as powerfully seductive and true. She displays a conspicuous passion for her subject that pervades every touch. A highly distinctive and vigorous draughtsmanship that is a masterpiece of lyrical and rhythmical design and her vocabulary of forms resonates perfectly with the breadth of handling. Above all Fiona is a consummate colourist in sympathy with Turner, the Scottish in British artists who must contend with a gloomy, monochrome climate. The artist’s gene is strong; most know from whom they have inherited their talents. Fiona was lucky enough to inherit multiple doses that include the visual arts as well as music and a love of poetry.

 

Fiona is a Romantic artist. Although deemed outmoded and unfashionable with the onset of Impressionism and the subsequent Modern Movement at the end of the nineteenth century, embodied in the work of Turner and Constable, Blake and Palmer, Romanticism remains deeply rooted in the British psyche and keeps rising to the surface after repeated duckings… More recently, in championing our fragile, natural ecology, a political, cultural and social agenda especially popular with the young generation, a Romantic sensibility is ascendant again on a broad front, relevant and vital for the present day. Fiona’s art builds on the long tradition of British Romantic artists that continues to connect with and inspire many who, although now largely urbanised, remain endlessly fascinated by emotive and powerful representations of landscape.”

 

Tim Craven - Southampton City Art Gallery

curator and artist.

 

 

 

Wilkinson: As an art historian I have long been fascinated by the sources and influences

of works of art on artists. One of the pleasures of our friendship has been lending each

other books from our libraries. I was delighted that my copy of Geoffrey Grigson’s Samuel Palmer: The

Visionary Years (1947) made such an immediate impact. For me, the works from his Shoreham period (1826-35) are so rich and dense, like the intensity of language from great passages of Shakespeare. What was it that

resonated with you about Palmer?

 

McIntyre: There were several things really. He reminded me of particular artists I had been looking at over the

years, such as the Group of Seven, Turner and Constable. Palmer was harking back to an idyllic world,

living in harmony with nature, which is what I am all about, as are my fellow Arborealists. Today there is such

a disconnect with the natural world and with this goes a loss of so many things: colour, language, awareness of

seasons and an empathy with plants and animals. We are losing the ability to appreciate the nuances of

nature. As Emily Dickinson wrote:

 

We noticed smallest things –

Things overlooked before

By this great light upon our Minds

Italicized – as ‘twere.

 

I feel increasingly that my work is a reaction to our desensitised world. Palmer was acutely aware of how his own world was changing for similar reasons due to industrialisation, and so he is to some extent a kindred spirit.”

 

Extract from ‘Fiona McIntyre: A Tree Within’

Published by Sansom & Company, 2016

 

Dr. Alan Wilkinson - Former curator at The Art Gallery of Ontario and art historian of more than 65

books including Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Biography

Born: Fiona Mary Elspeth McIntyre

1963 Nairobi Kenya

Early childhood spent in Dublin then England. After graduation at Edinburgh she moved to Sweden where she spent seven years developing painting and printmaking until her return to the UK in the early nineties.

 

Education

M.A. European Fine Art - Winchester School of Art, Barcelona

Diploma - Printmaking - Grafikskolan Forum Sweden.

B.A. hons. Drawing & Painting - Edinburgh College of Art

 

About the artist

McIntyre was selected by Imaginist printmaker Bertil Lundberg and mentored at his print workshop Grafikskolan Forum, Sweden for three years, where Lundberg guided her in developing etchings and drypoints inspired by the landscapes of the heart and mind. Inspiration also came in the form of regular travels to Iceland resulting in bold expressive ‘interior landscapes of the psyche’. During this time McIntyre exhibited regularly at galleries in Lund, Malmö and Moss in Norway and in 1987 was invited by the poet, artist and curator Bengt Adlers to perform his work From The Corners of my I, in collaboration with the music of Christer Persson and The Void Minimalistic Orchestra. They were recorded for Swedish National Radio and performed at Lunds Konst Museum and Gallery Leger, Malmö. McIntyre was later invited to exhibit in a Forum Printmakers Retrospective in Lunds Konsthalls Backficka, Sweden in 1996.

 

 

Acclaimed Exhibitions

McIntyre has exhibited in galleries and museums in Sweden, Norway, France, Spain and the UK. In 2013 she took part in a landmark exhibition called ‘Under The Greenwood: Picturing The British Tree’, featuring the work of 80 major artists of two centuries from the early 1800s. This exhibition at St Barbe Museum of Art led to a new art movement called ‘The Arborealists’ of which McIntyre became one of the founding members. Also 'Capture the Castle' - Turner to Le Brun and 'The Romantic Thread in British Art' both at Southampton City Art Gallery and a Retrospectiv of Forum printmakers 'Då och Nu' at Lunds Konsthall, Sweden.

 

In 1988 McIntyre was commissioned by Malmö Allmänna Sjukhuset (General Hospital), for site-specific artworks installed in The Department for Information. She has also won prizes for printmaking and was awarded a Surrey Heath Arts Council Grant in 1996.

 

 

Selected Exhibitions

Collegiate Sainte-Croix de Loudun, France

St Barbe Museum of Art, Lymington

Southampton City Art Gallery

Monmouth Museum, Malvern

Mottisfont Abbey, National Trust, Romsey

Bishop’s Palace, Wells

Dortoir des Moines de Saint Benoit en Juillet, France

Nature in Art Museum, Gloucestershire

Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

British Council, Barcelona

Lunds Art Museum Backficka, Sweden

Lunds University, Sweden

Bohuslän Art Museum, Sweden

Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh


 

Current Work

Currently McIntyre is working on a major solo exhibition of new work to include painting, poetry performance and film entitled ‘Language and Landscape’ on the theme of identity and the interconnectedness of four North Atlantic landscapes. She is teaming up with a Collaborating galleries include Scandinavia, London, and Museo do Pobo Galego, Spain 2020 - 2021.

 

 

 

 

Exhibition History

2019Campden Gallery - Spring
2019Collegiale Sainte Croix, Loudun - Arborealists
2016SOLO Bishop's Palace Wells - A Tree Within
2012SOLO Montpellier Gallery Chelt. - Painting Land and Sea
2004SOLO Reece Mews London - Curve of your Eye
2018Bermondsey Project Space - Drawn to London: In the Shadow of the Tower
2018ArtHub Gallery, London - Dungeness: Desert
2018Mariner's Gallery St Ives - Arborealists
2018John Davies Gallery - Arborealists and Other Painters
2018Twenty Twenty Gallery, Ludlow - Arborealists
2018Black Swan Arts, Frome - Arborealists
2018Monmouth Museum - Arborealists at Lady Park Wood
2018ArtHub Gallery, London - Sharing A View: Malvern
2018Stour Gallery - Tree
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.
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
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.