Artist Profile

Simon McIntyre


 

Simon McIntyre was born in Wellington and studied in Christchurch at the Canterbury University School of Fine Arts from 1974 to 1977. Influenced by painters from the Canterbury school such as Bill Sutton, Ted Bracey and Quentin Macfarlane, McIntyre says that he "wholeheartedly" immersed himself in the Canterbury tradition during these years. The artist graduated with Honours and after working for a few years in Christchurch as a professional artist, settled in Auckland. McIntyre says that his work has developed in a consistent way since art school, dealing with the same issues in subtle and gradual shifts.

Colin McCahon was also a major influence on McIntyre, in particular his Northland Panels (1958). McIntyre's art practice can be understood to occupy a mid-ground between figuration and abstraction. Images and motifs appear as fragments, broken down or veiled. While notions of creation and erosion are interwoven, drawing the viewers' attention to the passage of time.

While living near to the sea in Devonport in 1985, McIntyre's interest focused on the shapes and colours of Auckland's harbour and wharves. He produced the Jetties series in 1985 and two years later the On the Hard body of work. He currently lives and works in Auckland.

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