Ian MacIntyre

Biography and exhibitions

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The making of ‘The Arm-Wrestle.’ (above), commissioned for Emma Vandore.

We discovered Ian Macintyre’s work at the Pittenweem arts festival. We loved the paintings, but there wasn’t anything available in the colours or size we were looking for. His wife Hilke suggested we contact Ian (who wasn’t there at the time) to see if he had anything more suitable. Returning home, I had a look at this website, where my attention was caught by a painting entitled ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’ I had just read the book and didn’t immediately understand what the painting referred to, so I asked Ian to explain. He said it was the scene where Jem and Scout reach into the tree outside Boo Radley’s place and find the doll. ‘So you tell stories?’ I said. And then I asked him if he would tell ours….

From a mass of details about who we are and where we are from, Ian isolated a part of the story of how we met: when my partner challenged me to an arm wrestle, which he let me win. And so began the process of creation.

For several weeks we worked on the telling. I provided more details about the evening in question, and Ian made a preliminary sketch. Then we worked on the colours. Along the way, this beautiful piece emerged, losing distracting details such as wine glasses in the foreground, but gaining always in energy. It was a wonderful experience, and we are more than delighted with the result. Ian is most talented and also a pleasure to work with.

Emma Vandore


Ian MacIntyre was born and raised in central Perthshire/Scotland. He studied painting at Edinburgh College of Art from 1976-81. His work is now part of several public collections including the City Art Centre Edinburgh and Perth Museum and Art Gallery. He paints and prints at his home in the East Neuk of Fife.

Exhibitions:  Artistic License – London, Aberdeen Art Fair, Aviemore Gallery, Billcliffe Glasgow, City Art Centre – Edinburgh, Dobbs Ferry- New York, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundas St Gallery – Edinburgh, East Neuk Open Studios, Edinburgh Printmakers, Eton applied arts, Fisherton Mill Gallery, Independent – Edinburgh, Mall Galleries – London, Kinghorn Station Gallery, Mackenzie-McGill – Kirkaldy, McLure Art, Mill on the Fleet Gallery, Molesey  London, Niedermaier – New York, Open Eye – Edinburgh, Outbye Gallery, Perth Gallery and Museum, Pittenweem Arts Festival, Phillips – Glasgow, Peter Potter – Haddington, RSA – Edinburgh (many times), SSA – Edinburgh, Shoreline Studio – Aberdour, Strathearn Gallery – Crieff, Usher Hall – Edinburgh, WASPS – Edinburgh, Weem Gallery – Pittenweem.











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