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Dwight Mackintosh

American, 20th century.
Born 1906, Hayward, California; died 1999.


Identified by the well-known art historian John MacGregor as a great American Outsider Artist, Dwight Mackintosh began making artwork late in life and after spending over fifty-five years in institutions. Mackintosh lost little time in making up for the late start, and generated multitudes of drawings, paintings, prints and ceramics during his career at the Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, CA. His work is characterized by repetitive flowing text and "x-ray" views of loosely drawn, yet tightly composed male figures; his work also includes trains, buses, angels, and an idiosyncratic documentation illustrating 'before and after' views of tonsillectomy surgery. Mackintosh's work has been exhibited internationally and most recently at Collection abcd, Paris and Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York.

- Courtesy of Creative Growth Art Center, Oakland


Selected Exhibitions

2013, Véhicules, Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne

2013, Borderline: Artisti tra normalistà e follia, Museo d'Arte della città di Ravenna (City Art Museum of Ravenna)

2012, Accidental Genius: Art From the Anthony Petullo Collection, Milwaukee Art Museum

2012, Rentrée hor-les-normes, découvertes et nouvelles acquistions, Galerie Christian Berst, Paris

2006, Creative Growth Art Center, Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne

2006, Inner Worlds Outside, traveling exhibition, Sala de Exposiciones de la Fundacíon "La Caixa," Madrid; WhiteChapel Gallery, London; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

2005, Dubuffet & Art Brut, traveling exhibition, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf; Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne; Musée d'art moderne Lille Métropole, Villeneuve d'Ascq

Selected Collections

Creative Growth Art Center, Oakland
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

Selected Bibliography

Thévoz, Michel, and Anic Zanzi, Véhicules, exhibition catalogue, Collection de l'Art Brut & 5 Continents Editions, Lausanne/Milan, 2013.

Stone, Lisa, ed., Accidental Genius: Art From the Anthony Petullo Collection, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, 2012.

Montreuil California. Cinq créateurs du Creative Growth Art Center
, Journal No. 3, Collection abcd, Paris, 2007.

Inner Worlds Outside, 
exhibition catalogue, Fundacíon "La Caixa," WhiteChapel Gallery, Irish Museum of Modern Art & Ediciones El Viso, Madrid, 2006.

Dubuffet & Art Brut
, exhibition catalogue, 5 Continents & Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, 2005.

Peiry, Lucienne, L'Art Brut, Flammarion, Paris, 2001.

Publications de la Collection de l'Art Brut
, fascicule 17, Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne, 1992.

MacGregor, John, Dwight Mackintosh: The Boy Who Time Forgot, Creative Growth Center, Oakland, 1990.
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