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P. R. McIntosh          1897-1985


Through a long and distinguished career that ranged from realism to abstraction, P. R. McIntosh’s work spanned the 20th century. McIntosh strove to capture the inner spirit of his subjects with color being used as a definite force with meaning and purpose. He also designed four homes, including two in Gainesville, Florida and one on the island of Dominica where he lived and painted for several years. He painted from the age of eleven until the time he died.


Mac, as known to his family and friends, graduated with an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. He had numerous one person shows in Paris, Biarritz, New York, Dallas, Oklahoma, Peoria, Coral Gables and Gainesville.


Some of the books McIntosh is listed in are Who was Who in American Art, Mantle Fieldings’ Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors and Engravers and Who’s Who in American Education. He received the Louis Comfort Tiffany award in 1925.


Besides his artistic productivity, McIntosh had a distinguished teaching career. He was Director of the Art School at the American University of France in Biarritz, Director of Bradley University Art School, where he taught with Sibyl Moholy-Nagy, and Director of Peoria Art Institute. He taught at Ohio State University and was professor of Art at the University of Florida for 19 years.

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