Ramshackle mom-and-pop shops stand alone in the Scottish Highlands in new paintings by Andrew McIntosh – Colossal

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“Pentangle” (2023), oil on linen, 200 x 150 centimeters. All images courtesy of James Freeman Gallery, shared with permission

In dreamers, Andrew McIntosh simultaneously conveys the plight and resilience of small businesses, rendering isolated shops and inns among desolate landscapes. The (previously) Scottish artist often draws on nostalgia and oblivion, and is known for using the highlands of his childhood as a backdrop for his mysterious scenes in oil paint.

This new body of work, on view this month at the James Freeman Gallery, pits the inhospitable landscape against the needs of commerce with a heavy dose of irony. A travel agency towers over a small island requiring a boat trip to reach it, a tanning salon gleams amid a misty forest, and a lawn mower repair shop sits amid an overgrown field. vegetation. Often outfitting the buildings with peeling paint, neon signs and graffiti, McIntosh positions each as a relic of an earlier era, positing that, just as romantic notions of an untamed wilderness going out of fashion, “the ‘post-war idealism’ of capitalism and enterprise.

If you are in London, stop by the gallery to see dreamers from May 18 to June 10. Otherwise, find more on Instagram.

A fishmonger on the water

“Neptunes” (2023), oil on linen, 200 x 150 centimeters

A shop in the middle of a calm landscape

“Newman Arms” (2023), oil on gesso panel, 40 x 30 centimeters

A lawn mower repair shop in an overgrown field

“Austin” (2023), oil on linen, 200 x 150 centimeters

A travel agency on a small island

“Paradise Travel” (2023), oil on linen, 150 x 130 centimeters

A bright tanning salon in the middle of a forest

“Sunset Beach” (2023), oil on linen, 200 x 150 centimeters

An inn surrounded by a bright yellow landscape

“The Clock Inn” (2023), oil on gesso panel, 40 x 30 centimeters

A record store at the foot of a mountain

“Zodiac” (2023), oil on linen, 200 x 150 centimeters

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