A former Artist in Residence at the world renowned Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Connecticut, is hosting a premier solo show at the Offshore Gallery in Glasgow’s West-End.The gallery will display a compilation of the ink work, illustrations, and drawings by Newton Mearns artist Craig McIntosh at the end of August.

It is an exhibition of the work created and inspired from 80 days McIntosh spent isolated in a log cabin, deep in the wilderness of New England at the peak of winter during his residency in the US. McIntosh said:

My illustrations, drawings and prints come together in a very organic fashion. I don’t set out to produce art about one subject or another. I simply start with a line or shape my work evolves as I create it in to subjects, objects and patterns. I am constantly drawing I love to sketch on abandoned pieces of paper like envelopes, old news print and cheep printer paper, some how the more worthless the paper the easier it is to explore the marks and lines that are made on them developing them into more intricate and detailed drawings.

McIntosh has produced work for Eoin McGoniga (on the board of directors at the Irish Institute of Modern Art), Helen Collins on the board of the Skibbereen Art Centre, and is a graduate from the Duncan of Jordanstone Art School in Dundee. He is originally from the Southside of Glasgow, and has displayed his artwork across Europe and North America for the past three years.

This free exhibition is at Offshore Gallery, 3-5 Gibson Street, G12 8NU, on 26 August – 9 September 2011. There’ll be a display of McIntosh’s art and, of course, the customary complimentary booze for all attending.

McIntosh’s work will be on sale throughout the exhibition, with prices ranging between £30 for small prints and up to £500 for larger works, inclusive of framing.


  1. ananyah Reply

    yeah I love the Japanese bird illustration. Sadly I can’t attend as I’m ill 🙁

  2. I have been drawing and etching line art like the second piece also. There is something very satisfying about the sort of meshing of the geometric and the organic. The swirls give it cool depth and shape to it, and show some interesting techniques that are different than my style. I tend to use more abstract shapes inside of shapes but consisting of more angles and less roundness. I do this because I feel that using all those angled lines gives you the opportunity to connect them together creating an incredible illusion of dimension to the shape and it will seem to melt or get pulled into the rest of the drawing. It is interesting that he didn’t in most or all instances, connect all of the common points together as he went. To achieve this very unique and distinct look. This style of drawing I haven’t known anybody other than me to do so seeing it by someone else is refreshing. The more techniques you lay down the more incredible it looks. Try using scratch/etching paper to do this, I like the one with the rainbow background underneath it’s just another technique to making line art amazing. How intricate and accurate you attempt to go will have a drastic effect on how well things blend together. But raises the amount of detail considerably per square inch lets say. I spent over a month on a single etching because of how accurate I had to be to be able to repeat the same shape inside itself many times and still look identical to the one in the center, the more times duplicated the more important being accurate is to keep things small. The bird is pretty cool and is riddled with the techniques used in the other drawing.

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