The Palm Tree Gallery look forward to introducing the fresh, vibrant and bold work of Canadian artist, Ally McIntyre to Portobello Road this summer. Her use of unrealistic proportions and unconventional character combinations create striking juxtaposotions on her canvases. The liveliness that comes from her colour and composition evoke feeling of curiosity and sometimes forboding .
After graduating in Painting and Sculpture from University of Alberta in 2013, McIntyre exhibited in several galleries includingLatitude53, NEXTFEST Emerging Artists Festival, and the Works International Art and Design Festival with a majorsculptural installation in Edmonton’s City Hall. In 2015, she completed anMA Fine Art course at the prestigious Goldsmiths University of London, where she was awarded the Jealous Prize 2014/2015 and HIX Award 2015.
MIntyre reinvents her subjects giving them anunexpected large scale, florescentcolours and unusualpairing of mixed media. Confident brush strokes envelop glimpses of realism butdissolve faces into playful combinations of dream-like form andcolour.Her strength stems from her willingness to explore and question the interaction and relative space between her figures and subjects.
She aims to highlight the clear significance of her animal and plant persona by making them prominant features in her work. Ally’s work is a fusion of various stylesacross history including, contemporary, pop-artand expressionism. The subject and narrative of her work often has to do with the structure of hierarchy in culture, art, and man to natures environmentalrelations. She distorts our everyday interprtation of what is normal by playing with diffeent perspective in relation to how we understand negative space.
McIntyre uses bold colours such as strong greens and pink, yet there is a continuous “I have a neglected spider plant in the studio that has survived with little water, under fluorescent lighting for months. I understand this natural phenomenon makes rational sense, but to me the spider plant thriving in a hostile environment became a strange testament to resiliency...The body of work that succeeded is about how all things grow; examining the strength that lies in resiliency and determinism. In the pinnacle of destruction and despair, resiliency is hope, and without hope there is death. The plant and its ability to transcend garbage circumstances and adapt and grow despite these hang ups becomes an emblem for human’s resilient nature and heart.” – Ally McIntyre