Andy McIntosh, born 1969 Perth, Scotland
Growing up in Perth, Andy first exhibited at the Perth Art Festival at age 16. To his relief, he sold half of the works exhibited – now he knew he was destined for a career in art. However, he decided to take the “sensible” route after graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 1991, and became a graphic designer rather than a fine artist. In the end, it wasn’t a bad decision – he embarked on a successful 20-year career working in film, television, and on the web.
Stirrings of Andy’s desire for scrap were there from early adulthood. Working at a Granton scrapyard in his youth, he adopted an unusual muse – a huge, blue piece of discarded metal, which he would cart around with him for years to come, drawing both inspiration and comfort from the object. The artist’s dedication to this piece was great – his dad even accidentally cut himself on the metal at one point and had to get a tetanus injection. Luckily, Andy’s father is also artistic, so he was relatively understanding.
In 2006, McIntosh decided that he had waited too long to become a fine artist and began making again in earnest. Since then, he has exhibited widely in Edinburgh, showing with the Scottish Society of Artists in 2008, and as part of the Royal Scottish Academy’s Open Exhibition in 2013. In 2014 he exhibited at the Yosifu Contemporary Arts Centre in Taiwan, and co-created underwater vinyl scenes for new Gamma Camera Scanning Room at Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. In 2015, graduate filmmaker Michal Korzonek made a short film about Andy’s career, entitled ‘Green with Orange.’