Elizabeth McIntosh Show Up
5 April – 7 June 2020

Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens & at Centennial Square

Vancouver-based Elizabeth McIntosh has long been one of the most exciting and influential voices in Canadian contemporary painting. Over the last two decades, she has developed a rich and complex body of work, which provokes looking by resisting easy answers and always pushing for the unfamiliar and new.


Moving between representation and abstraction, her paintings often improvise on small excerpts borrowed from the history of modern painting or use unplanned processes of experimentation. 'Show Up' will survey the themes and motifs present in her most recent work, including a turn towards figuration. Stretched across both Oakville Galleries locations, it will include a new series of small paintings alongside large-scale canvases, which resonate playfully with the galleries' distinctive architecture.

Through her unique approach to painting and many years teaching at Emily Carr University, McIntosh has had a significant impact on generations of young painters in Canada, many of whom cite her work as a key influence. 'Show Up' is the first institutional exhibition of this important artist's work outside Vancouver.