Elizabeth McIntosh

Untitled (With Round Feet)

2005
Working out of Vancouver, Elizabeth McIntosh is part of a revival in painting in a city known for photo conceptualism. For McIntosh, abstract painting is a means of communicating non verbal ideas. She paints playful geometric compositions,,challenging modernist conventions of abstraction by incorporating purposefully awkward (yet pleasurable) forms and colour combinations that create a dynamic tension. In "Untitled (With Round Feet)", pockets of peach and green disrupt the bluish palette, and the washy application of paint reveals darker shades beneath. McIntosh's crooked triangles project right off the canvas like undulating geodesic domes, creating a push and pull effect of different visual planes that challenge the two dimensionality of the medium. The painting appears to be propped up on little feet, becoming a painting within a painting - a whimsical detail typical of McIntosh's approach.
Title
Untitled (With Round Feet)
Date
2005
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
190.5 x 228.6 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2007 with the Joy Thomson Fund for the Acquisition of Art by Young Canadian Artists, National Gallery of Canada Foundation
Accession number
42195