Jennifer McIntosh

Why do artists do what they do?  Why do they create? The answer is most often because they have to.

It is inexplicable… that urge to create… as essential to an artists wellbeing as food, water and shelter.

And what is it that they must create?  What is the purpose? The reasons are as varied as the number of artists who have ever lived!

So for most of my artistic life I have pondered the question… What is MY reason? Why MUST I do what I do?

Sometimes I tell myself a good story about why… only to have it promptly change!  At times I tell myself so many good stories that I confuse myself…. It’s usually about then that I avoid the obligatory writing of the ‘about page’ or ‘artist statement’! But sometimes I think the question is about the same as pondering why do we exist at all… what is the purpose of life! It’s the type of question whose answer we sometimes feel is within our grasp and then just as quickly it’s gone again.

Of course, part of the answer is that the arts are a form of communication… a telling of stories. I think this comes close to explaining my ‘why’… but still there’s something more. I most often find that the stories I become entranced by are stories of a nature I can’t put words to… and therefore I must create!

For some artists, it is important to make political and social statements… I have thought of doing the same. Some things move me profoundly and the way an artist expresses how they feel is through their creations. But so far I have not found myself spending too much time with these subjects.

I find I am more interested in experiencing the joy in our world and sharing beautiful moments with an optimistic view of life.

However, still there is something else… it is elusive… another layer to the story that I don’t believe I have succeeded in telling yet.  I think my aim then, is to find and dig into that mysterious conversation of life… whatever that might be!

And in the meantime, my hope is that somehow my paintings, drawings and photographs may in some small way, touch on a part of that conversation and reveal it to the viewer.




Solo Shows

Once Local (extended) – GalleryONE88 Fine Art Katoomba 2017

Once Local – Shoalhaven Regional Gallery 2017

Featured Artist – Huskisson Gallery and Picture Framing 2016

Open Studio – SeaChange Festival Jervis Bay 2016

From Here to There – GalleryONE88 Fine Art 2016

This and That – SeaChange Festival Jervis Bay 2014

Untitled – Art as Play Katoomba 1998

When Heart is Open – Art as Play Katoomba 1997

Parakeet Cafe Katoomba – 1997

Group Shows

The Kangaroos Bounce into Assisi Arts Project – 2015/2016

– Piazza del Comune Assissi- June 2016

– The Passionista Convent in Sant’Eutizio Feb 2016

-Parco dei Cimini-Soriano nel Cimino – Dec 2015

-Palazzo Velli – Rome Nov 2015

Traces of Time – Huskisson Gallery and Picture Framing 2015

Curiously Consumed – TAP Gallery Sydney 2010

Shoalhaven Arts Society Annual Exhibition – Shoalhaven Regional Art Gallery 2009

EscapeArtfest – Milton 2009

Rusted, Crusted and Falling Apart – TAP Gallery 2009

Between Ourselves – Jennifer McIntosh and Peter Ball – Art as Play Katoomba 1995

Fishers Ghost – 1994

Penrith TAFE photography end of year exhibition – 1993

*numerous other group shows whose dates are now lost to memory…. the first being the Annual Blacktown Show at the age of 12.

Jennifer’s work is also held in numerous local and international collections.