Elizabeth McIntosh – CV

Elizabeth McIntosh
b. 1967, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada
Lives and works in Vancouver


  • 1996 Master of Fine Arts, Painting, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK
  • 1992 Bachelor of Fine Arts, York University, Toronto, ON

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2024 Grow Up, Tanya Leighton, Berlin, Germany
  • 2023 Real Relationships, Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver
  • 2022 CANADA, New York, USA
  • 2021 Family, Tanya Leighton, Los Angeles, USA
  • 2020 Mom or Mother, Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver
    Show Up, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Canada
  • 2019 Night Sweat, Tanya Leighton, Berlin, Germany
  • 2017 ISLANDS, Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver
  • 2016 Bricks are Heavy, CANADA, New York, USA
    Starry-Eyed, Diaz Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
  • 2014 Fairy Bread, Diaz Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
  • 2012 Pink Nude, Diaz Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
    Division Gallery, Montreal,Canada
  • 2011 Three Oranges, Exercise, Vancouver
  • 2010 Violet’s Hair, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver
    A Good Play, Diaz Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
  • 2009 Cut Out, Goodwater, Toronto, Canada
  • 2008 Diaz Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
    Blanket Gallery, Vancouver
    Two Silver Paintings, Diaz Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
  • 2007 Fire at Full Moon, Blanket Gallery, Vancouver
    Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Canada
  • 2006 Young Night Thought, Diaz Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
  • 2003 Greener Pastures, Toronto, Canada
  • 2002 Clementine Gallery, New York, USA
  • 2001 Revolver Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2022 Heart View Knot Bird, Tanya Leighton, Los Angeles, USA
  • 2020 Galería Pelaires, Mallocra, Spain
  • 2019 Unexplained Parade, Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver
  • 2018 An Assembly of Shapes, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Canada
  • 2017 That’s how the light gets in, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, Canada
    Entangled: Two Views on Contemporary Painting, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
    Bonavista Biennale 2017, Bonavista Peninsula, Canada
    Sticky Fingers, Arsenal Contemporary New York, New York, USA
    Elizabeth McIntosh, Monique Mouton, Silke Otto-Knapp, Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2016 Fort Greene, VENUS, Los Angeles, USA
    Esplanade, As It Stands, Los Angeles, USA
    Jupe bleue, une blonde, des calculatrices et un nu couché, Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Canada
  • 2015 10 Over 10, Diaz Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
    Occasional Furniture, The Apartment, Vancouver
    Breaking the Surface, Diaz Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
  • 2014 SZALON, Logan Center, University of Chicago, Chicago, USA
    Persian Rose, Chartreuse Muse, Vancouver Grey, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver
    Two Women: Elizabeth McIntosh and Mina Totino, Model, Vancouver
  • 2013 Moyra Davey: Ornament and Reproach, Satellite Gallery, Vancouver
    Expo Chicago, Chicago, USA
    Goodwater, G Gallery, Toronto, Canada
    The Painting Project, Galerie de l’UQÀM, Montreal, Canada
  • 2012 Cut and Paste, Equinox Project Space, Vancouver
    The Shape of Things, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada
  • 2011 Saint Helen, Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto, Canada
  • 2010 Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC, USA
  • 2009 The Path of Most Resistance, OCAD Professional Gallery, Toronto, Canada
    Enacting Abstraction, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
  • 2007 Superfudge, The Balmoral, Los Angeles, USA
  • 2006 PAINT, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
    Abstraction, Diaz Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
  • 2005 Spell: A Travelling Exhibition of Contemporary Abstraction, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Canada; The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Canada; Thames Art Gallery, Chatham, Canada
  • 2004 Sunscreen, Newzones, Calgary, Canada
  • 2003 Surfaces, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, Canada
    Clementine @ Hallwalls, Hallwalls, Buffalo, USA
    Aniconica, Perugi Artecontemporanea, Padova, Italy
    Paintings and Sculptures, Greener Pastures, Toronto, Canada
  • 2002 Hungry Eyes, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Canada
  • 2000 Salty Salute, West Wing, Toronto, Canada
    All Tomorrow’s Paintings, Galleri Susanne Højriis, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Something About Painting, DCA Gallery, New York, USA

Books and Exhibition Catalogues

  • 2017 Bruce Grenville, ‘Performative Painting’, in Entangled: Two Views on Contemporary Canadian Painting, Black Dog Publishing, London, UK; Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
  • 2016 Daina Augaitis, Jesse McKee, eds., Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
    Leila Hasham, ‘Elizabeth McIntosh’, in Vitamin P3, ed. Barry Schwabsky, Phaidon, London, UK
  • 2013 Julie Bélisle, et al., The Painting Project: A Snapshot of Painting in Canada, Galerie de l’UQÀM, Montreal, Canada
  • 2010 Monika Szewczyk and Jan Verwoert, A Good Play, ECU Press, Vancouver
    ‘Violet’s Hair: Eli Bornowsky interviews Elizabeth McIntosh’, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver
  • 2006 ‘Characters and Gestures as People Do: Elizabeth McIntosh and Jessica Stockholder in Conversation’, in Paint: A Psychedelic Primer, ed. Monika Szewczyk, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
  • 2002 Monica Tap, Hungry Eyes, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Canada

Magazines and Periodicals

  • 2024 Andrew Witt, ‘To make things which we do not know what they are: The paintings of Elizabeth McIntosh’, ReIssue, January
  • 2023 Natasha Gural, ‘Vivid Colors Erupt At Frieze, Large-Scale Abstract And Figurative Works By Women Artists Wow’, Forbes, 18 May
  • 2022 Allie Turner, ‘Vancouver artists reimagine iconic book covers for Indigo's 25th anniversary’, Vancouver is Awesome, 2 September
    ‘Elizabeth McIntosh: A Ball is for Throwing at Canada Gallery, NYC’, Arte Fuse, 12 June
  • 2021 Mario Vasquez, ‘GALLERY ROUNDS: Elizabeth McIntosh’, Artillery, 29 June
    Alex Bowron, ‘Elizabeth McIntosh, Oakville Galleries’, Esse, Issue 101, March
    Fabiola Carranza, ‘A Humble Hum of Modern Equivalences: On the Work of Liz Magor and Elizabeth McIntosh’,The Capilano Review, 1 March
  • 2019 Chris Hampton, ‘With and Without a Plan: Play and the Paintings of Elizabeth McIntosh’, National Gallery of Canada Magazine, 18 September
    Jasmine Reimer, ‘Night Sweat: Elizabeth McIntosh at Tanya Leighton Gallery’, Peripheral Review, 26 June
  • 2018 Andrew Witt, ‘Painting and Obstinacy’, Peripheral Review, 9 May
  • 2017 Lee Plested, ‘Elizabeth McIntosh, Monique Mouton, Silke Otto-Knapp’, Artforum, September
    ‘“Sticky Fingers” at Arsenal Contemporary New York’, Blouin Artinfo, 1 August
    April Thompson, ‘Vancouver Special and the Issue with Local Surveys’, Canadian Art online, 14 February
    Andrew Witt, ‘Eccentric, Polymorphous, Abstract: Vancouver Art and other Mythologies of the Near-Future’, The Mainlander, 14 January
  • 2016 ‘Northern Exposure: 3 Game-Changing Canadian Painters You Need to Know’, Artspace, 31 December
    Barry Schwabsky, ‘Elizabeth McIntosh’, Artforum, December
    ‘Elizabeth McIntosh – Why I Paint’, Phaidon Agenda, November
  • 2014 Robert Enright, ‘Divided Pathways: Painting’s Choice’, Border Crossings, Issue 131, September
    Mitch Speed, ‘Strange Forever,’ Turps Banana, July
    Monika Szewczyk, ‘Persian Rose, Chartreuse Muse, Vancouver Grey’, Artforum, Summer
    Michael Turner, ‘A Look at Painting as Journey in Vancouver’, Canadian Art online, 9 April
  • 2011 Aaron Peck, ‘Aaron Peck in Vancouver’, Akimblog online, 13 December
  • 2010 Aaron Peck, ‘Critics’ Picks: Elizabeth McIntosh at Contemporary Art Gallery’, Artforum online, 27 December
    Robin Laurence, ‘Elizabeth McIntosh Arouses Abstract Curiosities with Violet’s Hair’, The Georgia Straight, 7 December
    ‘Elizabeth McIntosh: Collaging Beyond the Canvas’, Canadian Art online, 25 November
    Adele Weder, ‘Done. Not Done. Might Be Done…’, Canadian Art, Summer
    ‘Elizabeth McIntosh: Optical Energies’, Canadian Art online, 10 June
    Leah Sandals, ‘When Colours Fall in Love’, The National Post, 19 May
  • 2009 Gary Michael Dault, ‘Elizabeth McIntosh at Goodwater’, The Globe and Mail, 6 June
  • 2008 Rachelle Sawatsky, ‘Don’t Blink: Three Painters on the Rise’, The Block, Vol. 2 Issue 1, January
  • 2007 Dan Starling, ‘Elizabeth McIntosh Interviewed on her Painting and the Work of her Contemporaries’, Pyramid Power, Volume 1, Issue 3
    Richard Rhodes, ‘Myspace’, Canadian Art, Spring
  • 2006 Gary Michael Dault, ‘Birth, New Art’, The Globe and Mail, 3 November
  • 2003 Catherine Osborne, ‘The Circle’s Edge’, The National Post, 29 November
  • 2001 Ken Johnson, ‘Elizabeth McIntosh’, The New York Times Art Guide, 3 May
  • 2000 Gary Michael Dault, ‘Salty Salute at the West Wing Art Space’, The Globe and Mail, 30 September
  • 1999 Blake Gopnik, ‘8 For 2000’, The Globe and Mail, 6 November
  • 1997 John Armstrong, ‘Disorderly Conduit’, Border Crossings, Issue 62, May
  • 1995 John Bentley Mays, ‘Young Painters Prove You Can’t Pin Good Art Down’, The Globe and Mail, 4 November

Public Works

  • 2018 Finger Paint, Vancouver


  • 2017 Artist-in-Residence, Fogo Island Arts, Fogo Island, Canada
  • 2014 International Residency Program, Canada Council for the Arts, ISCP, New York, USA

Teaching Appointments

  • 2005-2017 Associate Professor, Faculty of Visual Art and Material Practice, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver
  • 2002-2004 Assistant Professor, University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada


  • 2013 VIVA Award, Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation for the Visual Arts, Vancouver
  • 2004 Toronto Arts Award, Toronto, Canada