Andrew McIntosh was born in Grantown On Spey in the Highlands of Scotland in 1979. Following studies at Edinburgh’s Telford College 1997-99, he held his first solo exhibition at the Highland Mori museum in 2001. Since then he has exhibited widely across the UK, including at the Carnegie Club at Skibo castle in Sutherland, and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London. In 2014 he won the Towry Award for Best in Show at the National Open Art Competition at Somerset House in London, and was shortlisted for the John Moores Painting Prize at the Walker Art Museum in Liverpool, as well as being selected to exhibit in Here Today in London, curated by Artwise. Following his solo exhibition 'You Were Shit in the 80s' at James Freeman Gallery in 2015, his large painting 'RA!' was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 2016, and he was nominated for the Pulse Art Prize in Miami 2016. Collections include Simmons & Simmons; The Ivy; Vanessa Branson (founder of the Marrakech Biennale); and Mr & Mrs Barney Moores (family of John Moores).
Mackie paints ethereal landscapes populated by isolated ageing buildings. But inside these structures, delicately and minutely reproduced, are some of the most iconic works from Modern and contemporary art. Each relates to an artist argument; each is the fruit of friction. One pair of paintings references the long-standing friendship between Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon that deteriorated into a spiteful tit-for-tat. Freud's 1989 “Standing by the Rags” appears in a crumbling Victorian building in Toxteth; Bacon's “Second Version of Triptych 1944” occupies an abandoned asylum near Glasgow.
Similarly with the press spat ahead of David Hockney's 2012 Royal Academy show, when he referred to Damien Hirst's work as “insulting to skilful craftsmen”. Hockney's “Portrait of Nick Wilder” hangs in the upper floors of the deserted Pennine Tower at Lancaster Service Station, while Hirst's shark sits screaming inside a padded room within an isolated country barn.
Each Master holds his own court, but the audience is curiously absent. This, in combination with Mackie's settings, lends a Gothic curiosity to the work. His decaying architectural behemoths and empty landscapes have an after-the-deluge feel, as if these masterpieces were nostalgic documents of a time when cultural creativity was abundant. Mackie's trick of revealing them by removing a panel from the face of the building also prompts a host of questions: what kind of collector uses these oversized doll's houses for their art? Who is the intended audience in this post-creative world? And quite how far away might we be from this creative dystopia right now?
Born The Highlands, Scotland, 1979. Lives and works in London.
Selected Exhibitions Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, 2016 You Were Shit in the 80s (solo), James Freeman Gallery, London, 2015 Here Today, curated by Artwise, The Old Sorting Office, London, 2014, touring to Baku, Azerbaijan 2015 National Open Art Competion, Somerset House, London 2014 The Last Man, James Freeman Gallery, Upper Street, London, 2014
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Mayfair, London, 2014
Caiger Contemporary Art, London, 2014
Hayhill Gallery, London, 2013
Eton Contemporary Art Gallery, 2013
Hayhill Gallery, London, 2012 (solo) Sixteen, Marylebone Street, London 2011
Summer 2010, The Carnegie Club, Skibo Castle, 2010
The House of Bruar 2007-2010
Highland Mori Museum, 2006
National Open Art Competition, Somerset House, London, 2014 – Winner, 1st Prize
Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize - selected, April 2014 – Mall Galleries, London
John Moores Painting Prize 2014 – Walker Gallery, Liverpool
Publications Blood on the canvas: the greatest feuds in art history, Jonathan Jones, The Guardian, March 2015 Artrend, 20 Minutos (Spain), review by Jose Angel Gonzalez, March 201 The Eerie World of Mackie, review by Antonia Jackson, A-N Magazine, March 2015 Feud for Thought, review by Amy Smith, Islington Tribune, March 2015
Rooms Magazine- The Coming Of The Other- July 2014
About Art And Design – Abandoned Dollhouses – March 2014
Weheart – From A Box Of Toys To A His Latest Paintings – October 2013
Creative Boom – Abandoned Dollhouses – October 2013
N-Ger-Land: More Mackie! – T’arthead – November 2012
What A Beast, What A Man! Mackie, Artist – T’arthead – April 2012