Ár Sýning/Heiti Hvar Land
2010 Dry Ice and Anti-Freeze Ketilshúsið (listamiðstöð), Akureyri Ísland
2007 Schiehallion StartArt, Reykjavík Ísland
2006 Vanishing Point The Turpentine Gallery, Reykjavík Ísland
2004 Thing of The Day Listasafn Reykjavíkur (Kjarvalsstaðir) Ísland
2003 From the Edge of the Visible World Íslensk grafík, Hafnarhúsinu, Reykjavík Ísland
2003 A Space Between Shadows St. George´s Gate, Crete Grikkland
2000 Gravity Skins Íslensk grafík, Hafnarhúsinu, Reykjavík Ísland
1997 Massing Unmassing Turnpike Gallery, Manchester Bretland
1996 Earthbound Listasafn Kópavogs (Gerðarsafn) Ísland
1992 To the Surface English Bridge Gallery, Shrewsbury Bretland


Ár Sýning/Heiti Hvar Land
2013 Höstsalongen/haustsýning Edsvik Konsthall Svíþjóð
2007 Hátíð trjánna, Barnaheill (fjáröflun/uppboð) Gallery Sævars Karls, Reykjavík Ísland
2006 Hátíð trjánna, Barnaheill (fjáröflun/uppboð) Gallery Sævars Karls, Reykjavík Ísland
2005 Hátíð trjánna, Barnaheill (fjáröflun/uppboð) Gallery Sævars Karls, Reykjavík Ísland
2002 Welsh Artists Museum of Modern Art, Wales Bretland
2001 All That Is Solid London Print Studio Gallery Bretland
2000 The Times of Our Lives The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Bretland
1997 Christmas Show Fulcrum Gallery, New York Bandaríkin
1995 The Sea Beatrice Royal Gallery, Southampton Bretland
1994 The Royal Overseas League Annual Andrew Grant Gallery, Edinborg Bretland
1994 Paperworks V Seagate Gallery, Dundee Bretland
1993 Spectator Awards, London Christie's, London Bretland
1991 Earthscape: New Visions Towards Environmental Solutions Pier Gallery, Hastings Bretland
1991 New Contemporaries (tilnefning) Institute of Contemporary Arts Bretland
1990 Welsh Collages Degree Show Selection National Eisteddfod of Wales Bretland
1989 Young Contemporaries The Whitworth Art Gallery Bretland


Ár Skóli Land
1987-1990 Cardiff School of Art and Design Bretland BA (Hons), Myndlist (höggmyndalist) 1990; Welsh Colleges Fine Art Graduate of the Year Award, National Eisteddfod of Wales, 1990.
1988 The Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki Finnland Skiptinemi
1977-1981 Gloucestershire College of Art and Design Bretland Diploma í landslagsarkitektúr, DipLA(Glos) 1981; BA, Landscape Studies 1980.


Ár Nafn Flokkur
1994 Arts Council of Great Britain Verkefnastyrkur
1991 Earthscape: New Visions Towards Environmental Solutions Verðlaun
1990 National Eisteddfod of Wales Ferðastyrkur



Dagsetning Miðill Höfundur/Spyrill Titill Upplýsingar
2010.06.26 Morgunblaðið Arnar E. Thoroddsen Óður til íssins bls.40
2010.06.22 RÚV 1 - Viðtal Hádegisfréttir
2007.11.08 Morgunblaðið Ragna Sigurðardóttir Náttúrumyndir -
2006.09.05 Morgunblaðið Anna Joa Áþreifanlegur hverfuleiki bls. 41
2006.08.22 RÚV 1 Haukur Ingvarsson Viðtal Víðsjá
2006.08.18 Morgunblaðið - Innsetningar, fjallamálverk, kaffimálverk og hvínandi katlar bls. 24
2006 The Dictionary of British Artists Since 1945 David Buckman - bls. 1020, Art Dictionaries Ltd., Bristol
2004 Sýningarskrá Ragna Sigurðardóttir Veran í deginum Listasafn Reykjavíkur/Kjarvalsstaðir
2003.07.18 Athens News Stella Sevastopoulou Time Space bls. 37, Show of the week
2003.03.29 Morgunblaðið (lesbók) Ragna Sigurðardóttir Tveir svartir sauðir bls. 14
2003.03.18 Fréttablaðið Gunnsteinn Bjarnarson Málar með ryði og ís bls. 41
2003.03.15 Morgunblaðið - Mörk hins sýnilega heims bls. 36
2002 Art Review (Print Supplement) Charlotte Edwards Thinking out of the Box Annual print review
2000.11.18 The Times Rachel Campbell-Johnston RCJ's Best Five Exhibitions Nationwide preview
2000 Art Review - The Times of Our Lives: Beginnings bls. 27
2000.02.27 Morgunblaðið Halldór B. Runólfsson Hörund pappirsins bls. 18
2000.02.05 Morgunblaðið (lesbók) - Slæst við klakann bls. 2
1997.11.08 The Guardian Robert Clark Massing Unmassing Nationwide pick of the week, (UK), The Guide, bls. 10-11
1997 Sýningarskrá John Russell Taylor (The Times) Massing Unmassing Turnpike Gallery publication
1996.12.10 Morgunblaðið Bragi Ásgeirsson Pappírsverk/skúlptúr bls .24
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Anna Jóa, Morgunblaðið, September 5th 2006. 
Translation from the Icelandic original.

Macintyre creates a strong sense of time in connection with the genesis of each image.  We see this in the work ‘‘Double Exposure“, which appears still to be the process of happening, suggesting a living material rather like lichen on a stone.  There are clear refrences to nature, with a strong sense of geology and the cartographic process.  The ongoing geological shift of a young land such as ours has a resonance in Macintyre´s work – not least the choreography of plate tectonics, and the motion of the glaciers.  Macintyre effortlessly communicates this energy and transformation using the barest of materials, imbuing the work with a mood of elemental conflict and tension

In the innermost small room, is a series of works in which symbols and cyphers appear, taken from the process of mapping the land, a reminder of man´s own relationship with the natural world.  The symbols, though, are particularly rusty and seem ancient.  They too appear to be unravellling, like another signature of man´s presence, the fingerprint, which forms the basis of a work in an adjacent room.  The piece is suggestive of our transient existence on the earth and our need, like the makers of the famous cave-paintings, to make our mark on it – for better or for worse.





Ice, iron and paper are the materials of British artist Alistair Macintyre in his show ‘‘Vanishing Point“ at Reykavik´s Turpentine Gallery. The title of the show refers to the point of intersection, or vanishing point, of perspective lines – but could also refer to something which shrinks down to nothing.  That, in fact, is exactly the method Macintyre uses, combining iron and ice and allowing them to self-destruct onto heavy paper, forcing them to undergo a material metamorphosis.

The works in the exhibition are the fruit of a process that embraces chance event within the framework of the artist´s intentions.  The result in most cases is abstract.  The iron comes to rest and forms a broad range of configurations caught in the ridge and furrow of the buckling paper surface.  A good example is the eye-catching piece, ‘‘Grid Reference II‘‘, where concentrations of iron appear to float in a diamond composition.  A white underlayer – the paper – shines through and delineates clearly defined forms that trick the eye, appearing to jump out into the foreground, lending an extra dimension to the work.

The piece ‘‘An Absence of Field“, exhibits a similar sense of tension.  The iron appears to stand out from the ice traces, the meltwater setting up an illusional three dimensional experience, with converging lines that disappear into a void. The paper, or empty space, which is in fact the background, pushes forward as a series of levitating white forms, poised in opposition to the perspective, deliberately unravelling the illusion.



Halldór B.Runólfsson, Morgunblaðið, 27th February, 2000
Translation from the Icelandic original

In the inner room Macintyre has floated blue oil colour onto the meltwater. With the passage of time the paint descends onto the paper and stains it. As the oil soaks in, flecks of bright colour attach themselves onto the surface as brilliant swathes of pigment. Here is something undeniably reminiscent of the late Yves Klein, forming thick and matt over the paper surface, mingling with the rust. Some of these giant works appear, en masse, as shields, such as the aptly named ‘‘Aegis‘‘, the name of the protective cloak/shield of Pallas Athene. Other works have collected meltwater like raindrops, sending out interconnecting rivulets from the centre. Providing counterpoint to the shield pieces, these cataclysmic works remind one of the Medusa head.

The power and explosiveness of Alistair Macintyre´s graphic works are, to put it mildly, stunning. The size of the works, which can reach two metres, only reinforces the experience. The artist manages to bring something of the untamable force of nature directly to his work, but however much or little he seems to control events himself, his influence and sensitivity to the process are pivotal from start to finish. Even though ice and iron appear to be the main players, he remains very much the driving force behind behind this remarkable show.

Alistair Macintyre lends the title ‘‘Gravity Skins‘‘ to his exhibition of large graphic works, won from ice and iron. He covers the paper with iron-laden ice, and little by little rusting ferrous matter and ice fuse with the paper. The volatile fallout remains on the paper surface as traces of rust in all its possible nuances.

Macintyre, , who has stayed here for long periods at a time, says he has used ice for several years, because of its inherent ability to change spontaneously from three-dimensional mass into surface-bound liquid. The self-consuming power of the ice, in conjunction with the iron, which gradually reduces down into a loose sediment of rust, becomes a reflection of the natural forces at work all around us. Slowly but surely time and change do their work. The paper becomes a kind of testimony to the evolving process, a self-written chronicle of a transformational event.

At the same time the work becomes emblematic of how all mass strives, ultimately, for a state of flatness. As the artist points out, the paper begins to assume the role of horizon, where the world at large becomes compressed onto a distant, flattened surface, like a great spontaneous drawing.