"Monochrome ink paintings. Created through mindful movement and the observation of the breath."
Rod McIntosh is an artist with his studio in the midst of the English countryside of rural Kent. He works between Kent and London as an exhibiting artist and is represented by several galleries and consultants working together to build a national and international profile for his work.
He studied figurative sculpture in Sheffield, graduating in 1992. He maintained a dynamic practice alongside a successful Arts Management and academic career until 2009. When he returned full-time to the studio.
His current work as a mark-maker lies within the tradition of drawing. With his body, the breath along with materials, and repetitive often-obsessive processes focus attention to the present. Observing and recording the moment of creation within a continuum.
He speaks of them as;
“Physical meditations, that offers himself, and the viewer, a moment to pause.”
How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?
"I paint all the large pieces on a huge piece of glass in my studio, in my bare feet."
What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?
"I observe and share with my audience an experience of; taking the opportunity to pause in front of the work. To take a breath. Permission given to arrive in the present.
I wish people to connect with my energy and intention for the work. A connected calmness, reflection, flow energy or occasionally something more dynamic. I believe that the thoughts, feeling and energy invested in the making of the mark are embedded in the form, as much as the carbon particles are trapped in the papers structure. We read these at an emotional and physical level as well as seeking an intellectual understanding."
What funny moments, unexpected surprises, or obstacles have you encountered?
"I used the time during the UK Lockdown to build a new studio for myself at home. This has been documented over instagram and is what allows me now to make all the work on site, including photographing and displaying in a virtual or socially distanced show room. This was based on a dream I had of a space whilst recovering from life-saving surgery in 2019. Have the dream, build the dream!"