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Mary McIntyre

Born Year, Month, Day Northern Ireland

Mary McIntyre was born in Northern Ireland where she lives and works. She graduated Master of Fine Art in 1990 at the at the University of Ulster at Belfast where she is a Reader in Fine Art.

Bio & Career

Mary McIntyre’s photographs often present spaces and places that have been forgotten and overlooked. The atmosphere of each location resonates from the image. With this in mind she depicts the transformation that occurs to these locations at specific times of day, when for a fleeting moment, the play of light can transform the mundane, urban environment. When photographed at night and artificially lit, these spaces begin to take on a cinematic quality, imbuing them with a heightened psychological charge.

The Picturesque and Romantic movements in European landscape painting play an important role in McIntyre’s work. She is interested in making links between painting and photography, adopting the formal qualities of painting long associated with artists such as Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot and Jacob Van Ruisdael, to re-interpret them within a contemporary context. Her work recognises that our ways of ‘seeing’ the landscape are conditioned through our knowledge of its historical depictions in painting and that both painting and photography not only portray but also construct ‘the landscape’. McIntyre’s landscape images do not seek to represent traditional rural idylls, instead they depict vistas that are in themselves constructed and man-made so that each scene is interrupted with evidence of urban activity.

McIntyre is also interested in locating contemporary photography in relation to art-historical ideas of the sublime, through images that explore elements of natural phenomena. These photographs fix the most transient conditions of the landscape, the ‘elements’ themselves, in representation. By photographing in very specific weathers, particularly mist and fog, she produces documents of that which is intangible; in these images, the landscape itself, the supposed ‘site’ of the work, is rendered unknowable and becomes an absent subject.

Interested in the photograph’s object quality, McIntyre uses installation as a means of activating the spaces that her photographs inhabit and in doing so makes the viewer aware of the act of ‘looking’.


Solo exhibitions

  • 20142015 An Interior Landscape, Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow
  • 20122013 A Contemporary Sublime, The MAC, Belfast
  • 2011 Silent, Empty, Waiting for the Day, Belfast Exposed Gallery
  • 2009 Mary McIntyre, The Third Space, Belfast
  • 2006 Veil, The Third Space, Belfast Space of Doubt, Goethe Institut, Dublin 2005 Esterno Notte, Arti Ricambi Gallery, Verona
  • 2004 Nocturnal, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin
  • 2003 The Long View, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
  • 2000 Survey, Gallery of Photography, Dublin
  • 1999 Origin, Ards Art Centre, Newtownards
  • 1998 Chambers, Old Museum Arts Centre, Belfast
  • 1997 Fugitive Associations, Context Gallery, Derry
  • 1995 Flux, Context Gallery, Derry
  • 1994 Stunted, Context Gallery, Derry
  • 1993 Catalogue of Necessities, Old Museum Arts Centre Belfast Collage Works, Clotworthy House Arts Centre, Antrim

Group exhibitions

  • Year, Title, Curator, Venue, City, Country (Listed chronologically)
  • 2019 Troubles Art, Nerve Centre, Derry
  • 2018 Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA Collection, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
  • 2018 Artists Who Make Music, Musicians Who Make Art, Queens Park Railway Club, Glasgow
  • 2015 The Untold Want, Royal Hibernan Academy, Dublin
  • 2014 – 2015 Art of The Troubles, Ulster Museum, touring to Wolverhampton Art Gallery
  • 2014 Unfold, RUA RED, South Dublin Arts Centre, Dublin
  • 2014 Helsinki Photography Biennial, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki
  • 2014 The Faraway Nearby, F. E. McWilliam Gallery, N.Ireland
  • 2013 Imagining Islands: Artists and Escape, Courtauld Gallery, Courtauld Institute, London
  • 2013 Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography, The MAC, Belfast
  • 2011 181st RHA Annual Exhibition, Invited Artist, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
  • 2009 – 2010 Archiving Place & Time, Holden gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University, touring to Millennium Court Portadown & Wolverhampton Art Gallery
  • 2008 178th RHA Annual Exhibition, Invited Artist, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
  • 2008 Art, Media & Contested Space, Public Billboard Project, Commissioned by Interface Research Centre, University of at Belfast
  • 2008 Kilkenny Arts Festival, Commissioned site-specific artwork
  • 2008 Different Dimension, Novosibirsk International Festival of Contemporary Photography, Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Novosibirsk, Russia, touring to Metenkov Photographic Museum, Ekaterinburgh
  • 2007 Double Image, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
  • 2007 Two person exhibition with artist Cassie Howard, St.Paul’s Art Space, London
  • 2007 Platform Knockbride House, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan
  • 2006 Tides, Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Purnell Center of the Arts, Pittsburgh
  • 2006 Artissima, Turin Art Fair (represented by Arti Ricambi Gallery)
  • 2006 Dogs Have no Religion, Siamsa Tire Gallery, Tralee, Ireland
  • 2006 Other Visions, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London Dogs Have no Religion, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Prague Art
  • 2006 Fiera, Bologna Art Fair, (represented by Arti Ricambi Gallery)
  • 2005 The Nature of Things (Artists from N. Ireland), Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, (originally shown at the 51st Venice Biennale) The Nature of Things (Artists from N. Ireland), Institute Santa Maria della Pieta, 51st Venice Biennale Four Now, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork Artistas Visuales de Belfast, La Sala Naranja, Valencia The Belfast Way, Herzliya Museum, Tel Aviv
  • 2004 Artissima, Art Fare, Turin
  • 2003 Contemporary Irish Photography, Niland Gallery, Model Arts Centre, Sligo
  • 2002 – 2003 Something Else: Contemporary Art from Ireland, Turku Art Museum, Finland, touring to Amos Art Museum Helsinki, Oulu City Art Museum & Joensuu Art Museum, Finland
  • 2002 Appropriations, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast Stepping Back, Moving Forward, Pittsburgh Centre for the Arts, Pittsburgh, USA 2001 Small Steps, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin
  • 2000 At a Remove, Woodstock Gallery of Photography, New York
  • 2000 Small Steps, Context Gallery, Derry Dopplarity, Exhibition of public works, Bank Tube Station & Hiscox Gallery, London Small Steps, Ellipse Gallery, Washington USA Not I, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast and Context Gallery, Derry Some Place Else, two Person Exhibition, Het Consortium Gallery, Amsterdam The Notice Day in this Factory is Thursday, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
  • 1999 EVA 99, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick Revealing Views: Images from Ireland, Royal Festival Hall Exhibition Space, London, touring to Royal Photographic Society Octagon Gallery, Bath Not I, Het Consortium Gallery and The Verdutte Foundation, Amsterdam Happenstance, The Engine Room Gallery, Belfast
  • 1998 Resonate, exhibition of public art works, Sited in Belfast, a Grassy Knoll project Perspective 98, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast Troubled, The Light Factory Gallery, Charlotte and Wake Forest Gallery, Winston- Salem, USA
  • 1997 Fast, BoBo’s Gallery, London
  • 1997 The Limits of Silence, The Pearce Institute, Glasgow
  • 1997 Outside, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
  • 1997 Invitation, Context Gallery, Derry
  • 1996 Signals, Garter Lane Gallery, Waterford
  • 1996 East International, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art, Norwich
  • 1996 Showing Off, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, touring to, Zone Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne and Manchester City Polytechnic Gallery
  • 1996 Art Rebels!, Catalyst Arts, Belfast
  • 1995 Barrage, The Design Centre, Belfast. (A Catalyst Arts Project)
  • 1995 The Agonies of a Wrong Decision, two person exhibition, Catalyst Arts, Belfast
  • 1994 Irish Women Artists, Festival Inter-Celtique, Brittany
  • 1994 Hit and Run, Wilmont House, Belfast. (A Catalyst Arts Project)
  • 1994 House & Gardens, two person exhibition, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham, touring to Context Gallery, Derry
  • 1993 An Artist’s Choice, Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast Vanitas, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
  • 1992 Other Concerns, Tayson House, Bradford Belfast
  • 1992 Young Contemporaries, One Oxford St.Gallery Belfast, touring to Heathrow Airport, London
  • 1992 New Visions, Film Festival, Glasgow
  • 1992 M.A. Retrospective, Riverside Theatre, Coleraine
  • 1991 Iontas, Sligo Art Gallery Lattitudes, Old Museum Arts Centre, Belfast
  • 1990 M.A. Exhibition, University of Ulster at Belfast, touring to Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, I.M.M.A., Dublin Sheffield Media Show, Sheffield City Polytechnic

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