Newmarket Icon and Artist, Mary McIntyre Turns 90

You may have seen her zooming around Newmarket on her mobility scooter, with her white hair flying in the breeze, but well known Newmarket artist Mary McIntyre celebrated her 90th birthday on Thursday 17th May.

Mary McIntyre is a New Zealand artist who has established herself ‘as one of the foremost realist figurative painters’. During the late 1960’s she attended Elam School of Fine Arts and was tutored by fellow artist Colin McCahon. Mary has travelled around a lot in her life, moving from the Waikato to Auckland, and then onward to Europe, where the style and composition of Italian and Renaissance art influenced her earliest works.


Aside from her landscape paintings of New Zealand, Mary is also known for her portraits, often painting herself as the protagonist. Her works often challenge political correctness and contain barbed humour or shafts of discomfort.

Mary has work in numerous public and private collections including the collections of Te Papa Tongarewa, Waikato Museum of Art and History, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, James Wallace Arts Trust, and the National Museum of Australia.

Find out more here.


Mary celebrating her 90th with Deborah White ONZM, director of Whitespace and Auckland Art Week at Cali in Newmarket.

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