Craig Cameron-Mackintosh (1987 -)

Artwork by Craig Cameron-Mackintosh


Craig Cameron-Mackintosh grew up in White River, on a property neighbouring many established South African artists like Esias Bosch, Zakkie Eloff and Keith Alexander. They inspired him to draw and paint from an early age, often allowing him to watch as they worked in their studios. While not having trained formally in fine art after high school, Craig has learnt from these and other artists he’s met as well as being self-taught.

In 2016, Craig completed a Masterclass in Painting at the Palazzo Zenobio in Venice taught by artist Lois Renner. His final pieces produced were chosen to be included in their 2016 catalogue.

His background in filmmaking has also been fundamental in the production of Billy Monk – Shot in the Dark, a short documentary that he directed about the legendary and enigmatic South African photographer Billy Monk. Craig is also the custodian of Monk’s photographic archive.

The influence of cinema can also be seen in his latest series that he’s been exploring since The Summer Exhibition at EBONY/CURATED in January 2018. At the heart of the series is the play on light and shadow on figures, not only celebrating the beauty and simplicity of the human form, but giving the paintings a silhouetted, ‘photo negative’ aesthetic.

Group Exhibitions

2019   Sanlam Portrait Award 2019 – Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Cape Town (Overall Winner)
2019   Palate, Plate, Palette – Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Cape Town
2018   The Grand IV, Group Exhibition – Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Cape Town
2018   The Summer Exhibition – EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town
2017   The Truth About Rabbits – Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Cape Town
2017   Single Fare – Highline Stages, New York
2017   Putty in Your Hands – Youngblood, Cape Town
2017   Elemental – Commune1, Cape Town
2016   Portraits and Selfies – White River Gallery, White River
2016   When the Lights Dim – Studio Dylan Thomaz, Cape Town
2015   Arts Ability – Youngblood Africa, Cape Town