Nicholas Metivier Gallery

Brent McIntosh
November 12–December 12, 2015


Artist Reception: Thursday, November 12, 6 - 8 PM.

Nicholas Metivier Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Brent McIntosh. The exhibition will open on November 12 and will be on view through December 12 with a reception for the artist on Thursday, November 12 from 6 – 8 PM. This is McIntosh’s fourth exhibition at the gallery.

The subjects in McIntosh’s latest series of large-scale landscape paintings include High Park in Toronto as well as Pretty River Valley Provincial Park, near his property in Thornbury, Ontario.  McIntosh photographs these areas in the spring and fall, usually early in the morning to capture a particular light. In preparation for this exhibition, McIntosh sorted through hundreds of images, searching for the most dynamic compositions to compliment his rigorous painting process.

While nature is McIntosh’s inspiration – he refers to the forest as his cathedral – it also serves as an armature for what are essentially abstract paintings. Over the last thirty years, McIntosh has been perfecting his technique of applying paint with palette knives in as many as fifty layers, a process that evolved from an early fascination with colour and light. The frenetic energy and length of time with which his paintings are made, resonates in the completed works.

Each layer in McIntosh’s paintings is made up of thousands of fragmented pigments that appear random but are in fact carefully plotted to articulate a landscape. Just as one begins to take shape, it is immediately deconstructed or “mashed up” with swaths of bright colour, only to be reconstructed to resemble the same landscape. This cycle continues over and over again until the paintings enter equilibrium of abstraction and representation. The finished paintings evoke a sensation of light and movement, as though one were walking through the depicted forest.

Each colour behaves relative to those surrounding it. They must be arranged so as to allow them to vibrate and activate each other while maintaining structural accuracy. Balancing the colours throughout the image without stagnating, acidifying, or flattening the painting is a consuming portion of the process. – Brent McIntosh

Brent McIntosh exhibits frequently in Canada and the United States. His works are in numerous collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. In 2008, McIntosh completed a series of paintings titled Twice Removed that were based on and exhibited with Edward Burtynsky’s early landscape photographs. An exhibition with Shelley Adler of Polaroid photographs, Nude, was on view at the Glenhyrst Art Gallery in Brantford, Ontario in 2014.

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