Jo Mcintyre

Creative Artist with an eye for the environment and a streak of humour.............

1950s Overview

At school I enjoyed drawing in friends’ autograph books and Illustrating greeting cards. Being in the A class I wasn’t eligible to do art. With hindsight I’m sure this was beneficial as art taught at school in those days usually succeeded in destroying any love of it for a lifetime.
I don’t now have any examples of my cartoons and caricatures done in the 1940s or 1950s. I do, however, have two images painted in the mid-1980s, and one in 1990, when I was a student at the John Ogburn Studio. These
Portray three aspects of my 1950s teenage self.

1960s and 1970s Overview

Here are doodles and cartoons typical of my efforts at uni and my early years working at the State Library of New South Wales. I recall the 60s and 70s as halcyon days of inspiring graphic art work by fabulous artists such as Patrick Cook, Michael Leunig, Edward Koren, Sempe, Tony Edwards, James Thurber and Saul Steinberg
For me the 70s saw an increasing desire to paint and draw, the search for an inspirational art teacher, hard, enjoyable work at the Library, holidays in Victoria and much fun exploring Sydney Harbour with my late husband Phil and friends in our half-cabin timber boat.

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Off by Heart
Off by Heart
Here I am at school, a goofy-looking swot always learning things off by heart. I kept some textbooks from my last year in secondary school, in 1958, and almost 30 years later had a ball cutting out bits and pieces to make this collage. (Oil and collage on board 1985)
  • Off by Heart
    Here I am at school, a goofy-looking swot always learning things off by heart. I kept some textbooks from my last year in secondary school, in 1958, and almost 30 years later had a ball cutting out bits and pieces to make this collage. (Oil and collage on board 1985)
  • On the Bus
    As it turned out, my envy of blondes long survived my school days. (Painted in 1985)
  • Spoils of Summer
    Top of my envy list were blondes who tanned easily. I took my Scottish skin to Sydney beaches far too often for my own good. Fortunately in the 60s my ever-growing desire to paint and draw took precedence over going to the beach.(Oil on paper 1990)
  • University is overcrowded
    Top of my envy list were blondes who tanned easily. I took my Scottish skin to Sydney beaches far too often for my own good. Fortunately in the 60s my ever-growing desire to paint and draw took precedence over going to the beach.(Oil on paper 1990)
  • Women's College Group Photo,1962
    We had a half-century reunion recently and were surprised to find we haven’t changed much. The academic gowns were a boon, concealing a multitude of sins. (Ink on paper 1962)
  • Portrait of Phil
    This portrait of my late husband Phil shows the round Ikea (natch!) kitchen table on which I used to paint in our one-bedroom flat. Later, using an easel, I worked in the larger dining room. Here, with the outside door having to be kept open, I was clearly visible to our neighbours who would embarrass me by shouting encouragement. (Watercolour on paper 197? )
  • Indian With Paper Tiger
    My first painting, created to hang at a Mad Hatter’s party. These was the scarey time of the Cold War when democracies like the USA and India were derided as “paper tigers” by the USSR and China. Many years later, and quite unrelated to this, tropical insects in Broome ate the blue jacket. (Poster paint on cardboard)
  • On the Prowl
    My second painting, eventually another victim of hungry tropical insects. I copied the main features from books on Ancient Egyptian painting in the State Library…after-hours, of course! This type of flat-on-the-picture-plane drawing still appeals to me. So does depicting a story, or narrative as it is usually called. (Poster paint on cardboard)
  • Daylight Saving
    When daylight saving was introduced in NSW there were endless anxieties expressed in the press about the fading of curtains and cushions. There still are. Over the years I’ve enjoyed attending life-drawing groups in Sydney, Broome and the Southern Highlands. (Charcoal on paper 1972)
  • Masked Cat and Two Ladies Doodles
    Doodles decorating an attendance sheet for a library seminar. (Biro on paper)
  • Hissing and Spitting Doodle
    Doodles from a staff development workshop. (Biro on paper)
  • Wild Things
    Enjoyable doodling. (Biro on paper)
  • Holiday Pleasures
    This depicts the lounge of a holiday house Phil and I bought with some friends at Mt Beauty in North East Victoria under the snow country. I love drawing lots of homely paraphernalia like this. With the passage of time drawings like this are deliciously evocative. (Biro on paper 1970s)
  • Trees
    My first landscape painting done mostly with my fingers in the beautiful forest close to the Kiewa Valley in Victoria. It was a thrilling experience to have a good-sized painting board, lots of oil paint and to just go for it. (Oil on board 1978)
  • Jasper
    A friend’s cat is the perfect model. (Charcoal on paper 1979 )
  • Taken by Surprise
    Four friends in a boat just after nude bathing is legalized at some beaches in Sydney Harbour. (Oil on board 1979 )
  • Opening of the Sydney Opera House
    Here I’ve imagined a production of “Aida” floating past throngs of opera lovers to celebrate the opening of the Sydney Opera House in 1973. I had to be careful in my research to make sketches of an African, not an Asian or Indian elephant. As it turned out this idea was not entirely fanciful: early in 2012 “La Traviata”, another of Verdi’s fabulous operas, wowed the audience from a huge floating stage near the Opera House. (Oil on board 1979 )