‘Theresa-Anne Mackintosh was born in 1968 in Pretoria. She obtained her Masters degree in Fine Arts from the University of Pretoria in 1995, majoring in painting.
Shortly after her studies, she began to explore her keen interest in animation, adding this to a broad platform of artistic practice that includes painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and other digital media. Her working methodology often combines several of these creative pursuits.
Mackintosh develops her work from a position of quiet but intense subjectivity while remaining sensitive to the broader human condition. In the process, she has created a very distinct visual lexicon, giving shape to various personal situations, gestures and symbols. Her representational renderings may on the surface appear to inhabit a child-like aesthetic, but this stripped graphic sensibility carries a lugubrious, pre-verbal resonance that is almost untranslatable. This in turn is often offset by a stealthy deployment of text that exhibits her uncanny knack of the one-liner, a textual turn of phrase that strikes a primal nerve.
Mackintosh has had numerous solo exhibitions in South Africa, including ‘Theresa-Anne Mackintosh’, F.I.G Gallery, Johannesburg; ‘Jackie the Kid’, KZNSA Gallery, KwaZulu Natal; ‘if you say so’, Standard Bank Gallery Johannesburg; ‘Menagerie’ and ‘The Young Ones’ at Gallery MOMO in Johannesburg. In 2008 Mackintosh attended a working residency programme at the European Ceramic Work Centre (EKWC) in the Netherlands. Her work has been included in various private and public collections.