Theresa-Anne Mackintosh (b. Pretoria, 1968) 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.
In her work, Mackintosh draws on a rich referential vocabulary. She intuitively employs relevant form and tone dialogues, interjected with autobiographical context which she reconstitutes to produce new meanings. This is a highly individual language. On first reading, the work presents a strong graphic presence, but on further investigation, a refined open ended dialogue begins to unfold.
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.
Kalashnikovv Gallery, Group Show: ‘Memento Mori’ (2018)
Graham’s Fine Art Gallery (JHB), Group Show: ‘A Contemporary Showcase’ (2018)
F.I.G Gallery (JHB), Solo Show: ‘Theresa-Anne Mackintosh’
Gallery MOMO (JHB), Solo Show: ‘The Young Ones’ (2010)
Gallery MOMO (JHB), Solo Show: ‘Menagerie’ (2007)
Standard Bank Gallery (JHB), Solo Show: ‘if you say so’ (2006)
Kwa-Zulu Natal Society of Arts (National Gallery) (KZN), Solo Show: ‘Jackie the Kid’ (2004)
Art fairs include Cape Town Art Fair (2018), FNB Joburg Art Fair (2018), and Turbine Art Fair (2018).