I obtained my Diploma in Fine Arts at the Toronto School of Art (TSA) in 1997 at the age of 51. At TSA, I studied drawing, painting and sculpture, art history and contemporary issues, and I worked with the human figure as my main vocabulary.
In 2002, I started painting landscapes, beginning with a trip to the North Saskatchewan River. That same year I moved to the Bancroft area. At first I painted the York and Madawaska Rivers; then, I discovered the woodland beauty waiting at my door step. For seven years I painted the woods I lived in. In late 2010 and through 2011, having relocated for a year to Halifax, I began making figurative and portrait work again. At the same time, I continued painting landscapes. In 2012, I lived and worked in Toronto and added urbanscapes to my practice. I returned to Bancroft in 2013. As always, I have been painting what is around me: the river at the back of my studio, the woods I walk in, and the people I know. I have also been making full-size figurative sculpture again.
My painting practice is founded on seeing. What I see is energy — energy conveyed in light and shadow, colour relationships, form and visual rhythm. I aim to convey to my viewer my experience of that energy.
My work can be found in private and corporate collections in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. I am currently represented exclusively by Bridge Street Art in Bancroft, Ontario.
© David McIntosh, July 2017