Studio Insights

Liza Mackintosh

Most days I start my day straight in the studio. I’ll look at the pieces I’m going to work on that day, set up my pallet and squeeze my primary colours on to it. I prefer the authenticity of mixing my own colour; as opposed to using colour straight from the tube. And then I begin to paint, whether starting from scratch or applying finishing layers, which can be finer painted lines, etched marks or oil bars; various mediums.

The change of seasons are very prominent in my work, moving into the East Sussex countryside has bought the change of seasons into my work. The changes I see when walking and collecting materials has a great impact on my choice of colour palette. The changing light between seasons effects the quality of the colours I can see in the landscape. This time of year is particularly inspiring to me as I love the striped back colours of the landscape and the dramatic sunsets and sunrises of the Autumn and Winter months.

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If I am ever lacking inspiration the best thing for me to do is going for a walk, getting into my subject matter. I also find the slow pace of walking immersive as I can really take in what is going on around me and what the landscape is doing, I walk the same route, or a very similar route each day, I take inspiration from seeing the landscape change, the gradual process of life cycling.

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Autumn Work

A short video revealing the process of me getting back in the studio after time away for my solo exhibition. I love autumn and the beautiful warm colours that have begun to appear and inspire my new body of work.

Featured Artist at Chalk Gallery: 26th February - 18th March

I am excited to announce I will be exhibiting as the Featured Artist at Chalk Gallery, Lewes and will have the opportunity of exhibiting my work in the window and front space of the gallery.

Liza Mackintosh Paintings

The Chalk Gallery, Lewes will be showcasing the artwork of Liza Mackintosh as their Featured Artist 26th February - 18th March 2018. This exhibition will be revealing new abstract paintings, which are strongly influenced by the local natural landscape. Liza's paintings start as an open ended journey that physically and mentally begin with a walk. Liza is fascinated by the multitude of connections in nature, which she allows to overlap within her pieces. Her unique process leads to unexpected works, which provide an original and in depth insight into the landscape. 

'Your paintings are like a secret knowledge, a new perspective of the landscape, the more I look, the more I see'. Exhibition Visitor.

Liza graduated from Wimbledon College of Art in July 2015 and has been shortlisted for numerous awards. She has achieved national gallery representation and continues to develop her artistic practice in her studio in North Chailey.

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Memories of the Canadian Landscape

Visiting Canada this January, when the landscape was covered in snow and ice, had a strong impact on my work when I returned to the studio. The traces in the snow, the colours and the strong patterns in the sky played in my mind. On returning to England the impact of the landscape began to manifest itself in my work and is evident in the recent colours I have been using and the types of experiments with marks I have made, particularly carving. I began to think about the significance the landscapes I experience have on my work and have begun recording, through drawing, the outside spaces I encounter. 

A Thousand Islands, Ontario, Canada 

 

 

Photo from my travels in Ontario, Canada, January 2016

Photo from my travels in Ontario, Canada, January 2016