August 04 - September 30
(IMAGE BY DOUG CARTER)
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
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 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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