ORAL HISTORY ARCHIVE:
MARY MCINTYRE
Interviewed by Richard West
Location: Artist's home, Belfast
Date: February 2014

Still taken from: 'Art of the Troubles - Mary McIntyre'

Still taken from: 'Art of the Troubles - Mary McIntyre'

Chapter 3:

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Chapter 3 Synopsis:

  • Parents relaxed about education but supportive.
  • Was always drawing as a child.
  • School acknowledges she was good at art and encouraged it.
  • Didn't know what she wanted to do so did foundation course.
  • Had good art history at school but bored by it, found it depressing.
  • Only positive response to art was to a Victor Pasmore painting.
  • Gauguin, Van Gogh, Goya, Rembrandt all felt oppressive.
  • Found landscape paintings twee.
  • Was very into music but not mainstream pop.
  • Liked Joy Division, The Fall, The Smiths, Kraftwerk more than art.
  • Read plays and novels: Brecht, Kafka, Waugh.
  • Didn't feel cut off in Coleraine.

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