Drawing early influence from the style and composition of Northern Italian and Renaissance art, Mary has established herself as one of New Zealand’s foremost realist figurative painters.
Mary McIntyre started her artistic career under the guidance
of Colin McCahon in the late 1960s. Drawing early influence from
the style and composition of Northern Italian and Renaissance art,
Mary has established herself as one of New Zealand's foremost
realist figurative painters. Her landscape works celebrate the
wonderful sculptural qualities of New Zealand's topography,
particularly the volcanoes of Auckland.
Her portraiture also features the familiar. Portraits of
herself, as well as prominent New Zealanders, artists and family
members, depict her unique social commentaries laced with a
somewhat insidious humour. Mary's ambiguous, often surreal,
narratives defy political correctness and usually contain barbed
humour or shafts of discomfort.
Mary's has work in numerous public and private collections
including the collections of Te Papa Tongarewa, Waikato Museum of
Art and History, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, James Wallace
Arts Trust, and the National Museum of Australia.
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