Process is central within the painting practice of Rod McIntosh. His mark making has a fluidity and honesty that reveals itself through a muted pallet of monochrome. This lends the work a striking and minimal appearance, which coalesces with the quiet sensitivity to his materials, time invested and action.
With his body, the breath along with materials, and repetitive often-obsessive processes, he focuses attention to the present. Observing and recording the moment of creation.
He speaks of them as;
“Physical meditations, that offers himself and the viewer a moment to pause.”
Recent work, exhibited in the solo exhibition Being | Doing in 2023 explores his response to being diagnosed and receiving treatment for PTSD during lockdown. It speaks of a resilience, optimism and renewal. From how trauma can shift one’s perception of self and everything all at once. That understanding those changes through his work has been part of his healing. Part therapy (perhaps) but a visual journal using his lexicon of marks. It is some of his most biographical work, whilst holding relevance and inclusivity alongside concerns of vulnerability, strength, attachment and the impermanence of all things.
Exhibited and collected internationally. McIntosh is proud to have his studio in Kent and is proactive in connecting with a local audience and building creative capital with other creatives.