Michael John McIntosh - Artist Interview Series - Electric Objects

Michael John McIntosh


The Destruction of The Black Family addresses the concept of the black family as a thing of antiquity as opposed to a consistent theme in the black community.”

— Michael John McIntosh
Can we see a picture of your workspace and/or desktop?
Where are you typing this from?

Work desktop, sshh.

What work of yours are you most proud of?

Hhhmmm, probably “Ancient Sorbet”. Condenses all of the content that makes up my style of figurative work.

What tools do you use in your work?

Hhhhmmm, Paintbrushes, paper towels, watercolor paint, gouache, acrylic, blow dryer, rubber cement, watercolor paper.

Can you tell us about your process?

Well, I usually start with a banana, then, I walk over to my bed, look under it, knock twice & then make a bird call, then my monkey comes out, I give him the banana, then i hand him the paint brush, & tell him to go nuts. No, but seriously, I usually put a podcast on (Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast, or Corey Holcolmb’s 5150 Show), open spotify and my itunes, and bounce between podcast and music in true ADD form. In the background I definately have a movie or a tv show on, DragonBall, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, The Jamie Foxx Show, one of those. I then proceed to grab my sketchbook and flip through for a good sketch to begin from. I typically draw pieces in a preliminary form, months/years before I draw it on my medium of choice. Then, I transfer it to the preferred medium, making conceptual changes as I go. Then it’s paint time! Then, I sign it, the monkey leaves her ink-paw print, we fight over a title, and in the end we call it whatever she wants.

Any last advice for the folks just starting out?

Quiet every voice that is not you in your mind. Get to know yourself and you will know what kind of content to produce. There e is FAR too much historic influence on contemporary and it makes a lot of work look the same. KNOW. YOUR. SELF. And quit being so bashful, break the stupid “wall-flower, quiet, shy artist” crap, it doesn’t help us, be confident in YOUR ORIGINAL ideas and don’t be shy about it. If you don’t share your gift with the world, no matter what it is, you’re selfish...i really don’t like shy artist...at all.

Top Five Most Influential Visuals

Not big on outside visual influences to be completely honest. Besides, the world is so vast to nail down 5 images that consistently inspire me would be a heck of a challenge. That said, there are some people that influence me upon seeing them.


Women on my Tumblr “likes” page


Places I’d rather be


Kanye West


Russell Simmons


Bob Marley

Favorite file formats?


What are the best places to see your work?

Sports arena big screen, concert hall, museum, and on the walls of a huge loft space that turns into a massive, beautiful, influential-people filled party...in Ibiza...or London...or Miami.

What sites do you visit for inspiration?

Tumblr, Twitter, my Vimeo page, Youtube, Motionographer, Google images.

Whose work do you follow?

I don’t.

What are your favorite galleries, museums, exhibits, etc.?

PAMM Museum, Studio Museum, LACMA, SFMOMA, MOMA, BK Museum, don’t follow galleries or exhibitions.

Thanks for the interview,