Alasdair Macintyre | Dinky-Di Effigies

Level 5 HOTA Gallery

18th May 2024 - 19th Jan 2025
Alasdair Macintyre | Dinky-Di Effigies

Alasdair Macintyre | Dinky-Di Effigies

Alasdair Macintyre began working with models as a child, starting with the Star Wars toys he collected. Since then, he has translated his love of the figurine into his own creations and turned into a distinguished creative practice and teaching career.

Macintyre’s garage studio is filled with objects and artefacts representing a world where mythology collides with art history, and religion sits alongside mass media. Among his prized collections are a suite of art documentaries that became the inspiration for Dinky-Di Effigies, a series of sculptures of some of Australia’s greatest artists. These handcrafted figurines emphasise the love he has for these artists, and how much their lives and work have influenced his own art practice. Macintyre’s figurines inhabit miniature worlds but have big things to say on humanity.

I've channelled my respect and admiration for these artists and run their likeness through what I call the 'Macintyre filter' so that they are almost static animated characters. I wanted to emphasise the love I have for these legends of Australian art, and how much their lives and work have influenced my own art practice. – Alasdair Macintyre

Image credit: Alasdair Macintyre Dinky-Di Effigies 2011, resin, polystyrene, wood, synthetic polymer paint. Collection, HOTA Gallery. Gifted by the citizens of the Gold Coast to future generations 2011, Top Row L-R: William Robinson, Brett Whiteley, Ian Fairweather, Tom Bass, Bottom Row L-R: Rosalie Gascoigne, Joy Hester, John Olsen, Margaret Olley, Jeffrey Smart, Richard Bell, Charles Blackman, Fred Williams

Dates
18th May 2024 - 19th Jan 2025
Where
HOTA Gallery

#About the Artist

Brisbane-based artist Alasdair Macintyre creates small to large scale sculptures and installations that explore art history, science fiction and mythology, as well as popular culture, comics, toys and nostalgia. Macintyre is known for his visual puns and humour, often in the form of small dioramic mise-en-scène and scaled models that intelligently comment on the state of aesthetics, the role of the artist, and the art world at large.

Macintyre is a graduate of the Queensland College of Art (BA) and the Australian Catholic University (Hons, Dip Ed). His work has been included in numerous solo exhibitions across Australia and his artwork is in held in private and public collections. He is included in the McCulloch's Encyclopedia of Australian Art and has been a finalist in major national awards including the Wynne Prize and the National Sculpture Prize. He has completed his PhD and is currently an Associate Lecturer at Australian Catholic University.


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