Identified by the well-known art historian John McGregor as a great American art brut artist, Dwight Mackintosh began making artwork late in life and after spending over fifty-five years in institutions. As he had previously shown an aptitude for drawing, he began participating in a program at the Creative Growth Center in Oakland, California. Mackintosh lost little time in making up for the late start, and generated multitudes of drawings, paintings, prints and ceramics during his career at Creative Growth. Dwight’s work is characterized by repetitive flowing
unintelligible writing and “x-ray” views of loosely drawn, yet tightly composed male figures, espacilally “Boysses“ - groups of naked boys with red cheeks and long hair with an erect penis. His work also includes trains, buses, angels, and an idiosyncratic documentation illustrating ‘before and after’ views of tonsillectomy surgery. The contours of his figures are often doubled – perhaps it’s just the pleasure of the gesture, or a way of affirming himself as an artist.
John MacGregor describes the power of his drawings, as “they represent the externalization of the artist’s internal reality. The consistent pictorial language in which the images are embodied is exclusively the product of internal necessity and of obsessive need to fill the blankness of paper with personal markings.”
Mackintosh’s work has been exhibited internationally and most recently at ABCD Collection, Paris, at the Agnelli Pincotheque, Turin and Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York.
living in art brut, 123 works from the hannah rieger collection, museumkrems, krems an der donau, austria, from september 8th to october 26th, 2017.
art brut : a story of individual mythologies, oeuvres de la collection treger saint silvestre oliva creative factory, são joão da madeira, 18th june until 28th february 2017.
the golden ratio laws, works from the collection treger/saint silvestre, curator : antonia gaeta, oliva creative factory, são joão da madeira, portugal, from april 29th to september 30th, 2017.
soit 10 ans, états intérieurs, christian berst art brut gallery, paris, from september 12 to october 21, 2015.
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Soit 10 ans, états intérieurs, exhibition catalogue (09/12-10/10/2015, christian berst art brut), paris, christian berst art brut, 2015.
"dwight mackintosh" in Colecção, Treger-Saint Silvestre collection, exhibition's catalog, paris galerie christian berst, art brut, 2014.
borderline, artisti tra normalistà e follia, catalogue d'exposition, museo d'arte della città di ravenna, édition gabriele mazotta, milano, février 2013.
séminaire sur l’art brut. actes 1: de quoi parle l'art brut ?, sous la direction de barbara safarova, bresson, abcd.www.abcd-artbrut.net, 2012.
rentrée hors-les-normes 2012, découvertes et nouvelles acquisitions, (catalogue d'exposition, galerie christian berst, 8 septembre au 13 octobre 2012), textes de christian berst, paris, galerie christian berst, 2012.
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montreuil california. cinq créateurs du creative growth art center. journal n° 3. paris : abcd, 2007.
publications de la collection de l'art brut, fascicule 17. lausanne, 1992.