Oil on canvas
61 x 50.8 cm.
Courtesy the artist and Diaz Contemporary, Toronto
Gloria is a new painting by lauded Vancouver artist Elizabeth McIntosh, whose explorations continue to propel the medium beyond established conventions. At first glance, Gloria appears depictive, evocative of a still-life painting, perhaps a bouquet of tulips, its form reduced to bare essence; on closer view, the work abstracts into geometry and colour, interpolating shaded crimson with broad, vivid strokes of vermilion. In this play between representation and abstraction, McIntosh resists autonomies of modernism, opening a more contingent and nuanced field of interaction. Gloria is both a study and a critique, its content drawn from art history and then utterly reimagined.
Elizabeth McIntosh (b. Simcoe, ON) holds an MFA from Chelsea College of Art, London and a BFA from York University, Toronto. She premieres a body of new paintings this month at CANADA, New York (2016). Her work been included in exhibitions at VENUS, Los Angeles (2016); the Logan Centre, University of Chicago (2014); MOCCA, Toronto (2012) and the Vancouver Art Gallery (2009). She will be featured in the forthcoming Vitamin P3: New Perspectives In Painting (Phaidon Books, 2016), and a monograph of her work was published by ECU Press (2010). McIntosh was the recipient of the 2013 VIVA Award and has been granted a Fogo Island Residency in 2017. Her works are held in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Museé d’art Contemporain, Montreal; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; and the Vancouver Art Gallery. She is based in Vancouver, where she is an Associate Professor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.