KARL A. McINTOSH
Karl A. McIntosh is a self taught artist who works is pastel, watercolor, acrylic, stone, wood and metal and is a wizard at transforming found objects into works of art. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he moved to the United States at an early age and later took up art. Among his mentors are artist Otto Neals with whom he worked at the Bob Blackburn Printmaking Working Workshop and artist Marian Griffin. McIntosh is also a poet, drummer and dancer who draws his creative inspiration and expression from his study of African art and culture.
McIntosh’s bold, bright colors dance off the page and tantalize the senses. His work is profound in its statement and deliciously whimsical. His work is an honest portrayal of everyday life and the people who live it but on occasion, takes on public figures and world events most often employing satire as thick as the layers of paint or paper he uses to depict them.
McIntosh’s work has been exhibited at numerous venues across the country including Dorsey’s Art Gallery, The Skylight Gallery, MOCADA (The Museum of Contemporary Diasporan Art), 843 Studio Gallery, The National Black Fine Art Show, The Chicago Fine Art Show, The Fulton Art Fair, The George Washington Carver Gallery, The Red Piano Too in St. Helena, S.C. and in April 2004, McIntosh was proud to add the Brooklyn Museum to his impressive list. He was mentioned in the April 16, 2004 article edition of the N.Y. Times in an article in connection
with “Open”, the Brooklyn Museum’s exhibition. His work can be found in many prominent collections throughout the country.
Some call McIntosh a folk art, others call him primitive, some say he’s an outside the mainstream artist, but whatever the title, most would probably agree that an apt description of McIntosh would be genius.