Environmental Abstractions by Laurie McIntosh

Studio Book Pages; 22x30; Acrylic on Paper

*Note - the shapes and images that make up this painting were derived from preliminary drawings done at my studio in downtown Camden.

Environmental Abstraction by Laurie McIntosh: 
A Solo Exhibition at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County 
April 19-May 11, 2018
Opening reception:  April 19 | 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Above the main drag of South Carolina’s famed Revolutionary War town turned horse racing mecca, in a light-filled, brick-walled loft, a jumble of paintings in various stages of completion are pinned to walls, resting on easels and lying on tables. To the casual observer—and even to one familiar with artists’ studios—the scene is chaotic. How can an artist work in this cabal of canvas, paint, brushes, and wood, jumbled in no particular order, with a solo exhibition looming in a few weeks?

For Camden artist Laurie Brownell McIntosh, whose abstract paintings involve deconstructing ordinary aspects of life and reconfiguring them into finished works, the scene is life imitating art. As she moves through her studio,  she knows exactly what needs to be done before her exhibition at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County. Her show, Environmental Abstraction, debuts April 12 in the Bassett Gallery.

McIntosh explains that while her abstracts involve recognizable objects from her life that is split between South Carolina’s Midlands and the coast —a fishing lure here, a sleeping dog there and what appears to be a piece of horse tack in another—each one is like a remnant of a dream. Fleeting images rendered in a soothing color palette stir memories and emotions, creating more questions than answers. As such, McIntosh says her work is intentionally open to interpretation.

“The objects one might recognize in my paintings are not exclusively my story. They are pieces and parts of life in the South that connect with my viewer’s memories and prompts them to put together what they see into their story. While my new works are an intimate look at my experiences, they are also personal to the viewer who sees their own stories reflected in them,” she said.

Over the course of her 35-year career in the arts, the last 23 of which have been dedicated to painting, McIntosh has participated in over 30 exhibitions of her art. Her work is also collected by both corporate and individual collectors. The City Art exhibition will be her first since relocating to Northlight Studio in Camden after seven years as a full-time resident artist at Vista Studios in Columbia.

The Environmental Abstraction show runs through May 4, 2018. the Bassett Gallery is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm weekdays.

To learn more about Laurie Brownell McIntosh, please visit

About the Artist
Laure McInstosh graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1982 from the arts program. After practicing graphic design for 20 years, she chose to move her primary focus back to making original art and has been doing so, full time, since the late 90s. McIntosh is represented by Camellia Art in Hildton Head Island, and Mary Praytor Gallery in Greenville, SC. After seven years as a full time resident artist in Columbia's Vista Studios, McIntosh has moved her studio to Northlight Studio in downtown Camden. To learn more please visit

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April 19, 2018 to May 11, 2018


  • April 19 at Opening Reception: 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Weekdays through May 5 at 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


Bassett Gallery