Karen Buck-Mackintosh graduated with a B.F.A. from Mount Allison University, New Brunswick in 1981, (major in photography/ minor in printmaking.) Karen received her B.Ed. from the University of Toronto in 1984. She instructed Art/Photography for 27 years. Karen currently resides north of Argyle, Ontario.
Karen's photography includes the historical cyanotype iron salt process pioneered by Sir John Herschel in the early 1840’s. Karen measures and mixes the two-part, light sensitive emulsion and then coats it on to B.F.K. Reeves printmaking paper. She creates enlarged negatives on transparency film using a digital printer. The negatives are contacted printed under glass and exposed to ultraviolet light outdoors under the summer sun for exposures up to eight minutes. The photographs are then processed in water with a few added drops of hydrogen peroxide to heighten the desired blue colour. Karen has worked with subject matter such as portraits, bones, snakeskins, water, snow, and most recently snake rail fences in this medium. Her recent theme explores the boundaries that man has used to delineate property ownership. These fences are intended to visually keep others out while containing and holding in for a perceived sense of security.
Karen also works in analogue black and white film, shooting with a Nikon F6. She produces gelatin silver prints in her darkroom. Over the past ten years she has been working on a project in rural Ontario. This ‘Obsolecere’ series records and expresses her concerns about the demise of original barn architecture and the beauty of the hand-built structures. The technology of architecture continues to change, as does the usage of A1 farmland. Storing hay outdoors in white plastic tubes, factory farming, and solar farms have changed the value of maintaining the historic wooden barns.
Karen Buck-Mackintosh has been a practicing artist working in photography, printmaking, paint, and mixed media for the past 38 years. She has exhibited in numerous group and juried shows. Karen's award winning work draws inspiration from her personal environment and relationships in a manner that is often cathartic in nature. Her photographs were accepted into the ‘RMG Exposed’ photography auction in 2017 and 2018. Buck-Mackintosh had a solo exhibition at the Kawartha Art Gallery, Lindsay ON in 2019, and at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON in 1995. Karen has received three Ontario Arts Council Grants. Her work is in the collections of The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario; The Owen’s Art Gallery, Sackville, New Brunswick; and private collectors in Canada and the United States. Karen’s photography work has been published in O.S.S.T.F. Education Forum
Fine Arts, York University, Toronto, ON
B.F.A., Mount Allison University Sackville, N.B.
B.Ed., University of Toronto, ON.
1983, 1995, 2018
Ontario Arts Council Grants
2016, 2017, 2018
Juried Awards, Kawartha Gallery, Lindsay, ON
Juried Award, U.C.A., Uxbridge, ON
Juried Award, Seniors' Group Show, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON
Ruth Upjohn Gallery, WAAC, Toronto
Kawartha Gallery, Lindsay, ON
Public Library, Cannington, ON
Public Library, Pefferlaw, ON
Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON
2018 + 2017
2018-15, 2008, 1988
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Women's Art Association of Canada, Toronto.
RMG Exposed, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON
Durham Reach, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON
Juried Show, Uxbridge Celebration of the Arts, Uxbridge, ON
Juried Show, Kawartha Art Gallery, Lindsay, ON
Alumni Show, Mount Allison University, Sackville, N.B
Oshawa Space Invaders, RMG, Oshawa, ON
'Baghdad Museum', VAC, Bowmanville; Propellor Gallery, Toronto; Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, ON
Scugog Spring Studio Tour, Port Perry, ON
CONTACT Photography Festival, Cannington House Gallery, Oakville, ON
Juried Show, Clarington Visual Arts Center, Bowmanville, ON
Durham Art Fest, Oshawa, ON
The Magic Image Gallery, Pickering Village, ON
Juried International Exhibiton of Miniature Art, Del Bello Gallery, Toronto, ON
Juried Show, The Station Gallery, Whitby, ON
Group Show, RMG, Oshawa, ON