KEITH MCINTYRE RSA (ELECT) (SCOTTISH b.1963)
“LA CORBIE - THE NATIONAL MASCOT”
Oil on paper, signed lower right, dated (19)89, 140 x 111cm, (44 x 43.75”)
Title and date inscribed verso
The work of Edinburgh born Keith McIntyre is represented in many important public and private collections. He exhibited in the landmark exhibition The Vigorous Imagination: New Scottish Art, in 1987 at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh, alongside New Glasgow Boys Steven Campbell, Ken Currie, Peter Howson and Adrian Wiszniewski.
His multidisciplinary practice involves film, performing arts and collaborative theatre, and in 1990 he was the Visual Director of the ground-breaking Glasgow production of Jock Tamson’s Bairns, by Liz Lochhead and Gerry Mulgrew premiered in the Tramway Theatre, as part of the Glasgow 1990 City of Culture programme.
As well as the stage and set design for the play, he produced a series of major artworks, expressing themes in this Communicado Theatre production. La Corbie – The National Mascot was the leading picture. The character of La Corbie first appeared in the 1987 key Scottish play produced by Communicado and written by Liz Lochhead, Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off. La Corbie was the narrator of the play, or Mistress of Ceremonies.
Jock Tamsons Bairns was described as, ‘A gigantic, experimental production on the nature of the Scots inspired by Burns and MacDiarmid’, and together with the art of Keith McIntyre it was a cultural tour de force, showcasing the best of Scottish creative talent during Glasgow's 1990 City of Culture programme.
Elspeth King and Michael Donnelly had selected this painting for the People’s Palace Museum collections as they felt it expressed the best of Glasgow in 1990. Sadly it never reached the collection.