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Past Exhibit: INK BLOTS

Doug Carter, Dance Clip


Ink Blots: Original Prints 
Collected by Artist Lynn Macintyre

The “art collector” evolves from different backgrounds and can be motivated by various avenues of passion. The most talked about collector is the wealthy patron on the hunt for a specific genre, period, or group of artists. However, from our perspective, the most common collector is one simply motivated by the love of art and hunger for the knowledge the artwork may have to offer. The latter describes the artist and collector Lynn Macintyre.

Dundas Artist Lynn Macintyre came to Dundas in 1970; originally from England. Her passion for the printmaking process developed at Dundas Valley School of Art under the instruction of Jerry Zeldin. She continued to study with Jean Maddison doing linocuts and etchings. Macintyre became enthralled by the process and it became a process that naturally linked to her love of drawing. She became an artist member at Carnegie Gallery, which primarily carried her photography work, but naturally her print artworks migrated there as well.

As an artist, Macintyre's collection of original prints grew in a few different ways of collecting. As she continued to print at Dundas Valley School of Art and exhibit at Carnegie Gallery, she would suggest or be approached for a trade with a colleague. She also joined an online group called Wet Canvas where trading of artwork is part of the group’s mandate. A more regular practice was simply picking up prints by artists she admired in order to study their techniques closer on her on time. Macintyre states:

"I am most interested in landscape subjects, but many of my prints were in response to challenges for our exchanges, and it was a great way to expand my portfolio. My collection helped me to see the wide range of methods and artistic approaches used by other printmakers, and encouraged me to try new things. In particular, the exchanges on WetCanvas challenged me to try subject matter that I might not have normally tried."

The Ink Blots exhibition is a chance for Lynn Macintyre to share some of her inspiring collection with the public. In the Macintyre Collection, there are artists that are well known in the Hamilton region including Wesley Bates, Cathy Gibbon, Donna Ibing, and Maureen Stewart. Artists that are more widely known in Ontario are Gerald Brender a Brandis and Alan Stein. “A highlight” in the words of Lynn Macintyre would be the two Christmas woodblock prints by Group of Seven artist L.L. Fitzgerald; a seasons greeting given to Macintyre’s mother in 1942 and 1943.

What Macintyre’s collection illustrates most evidently is that collecting art does not have to be expensive, can increase your passion, challenge your views and simply improve your life’s perspectives.

– Curator Andrea Jackman


About Lynn Macintyre:
I was born in England and came to Canada at an early age, to live in the Winnipeg area
for twelve years. My family then migrated to the West Coast where I received my
education and married. After a brief sojourn in Southern California, I came to Dundas in
1970. I am now retired from my"day job" as a Student Advisor at McMaster University, 
and am enjoying the transition to life with many artistic opportunities. These art 
interests were evident in high school, but I chose to go to University instead of Art School. 
I began to return to art with ceramics, but soon moved to drawing and painting, and 
then photography, etching, and now wood engraving and linocuts. I have studied with 
many of the teachers at the Dundas Valley School of Art: Stan Hughes, Mario Polidori,
Gordon Perrier, Jerry Zeldin, Vytas Beniusis, Jean Maddison, Catherine Gibbon, 
Will Rueter, and Wesley Bates.

Currently I concentrate on photography and printmaking, in which media I try to show
my delight in the natural world, its patterns and textures, and the way in which light can
surprise us with new insights. Much of my artistic inspiration comes from the
Conservation areas of the Dundas Valley and the adjacent Niagara Escarpment.



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