Lorna McIntosh RSA's work relates to ideology from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The work, although highly personal, is informed by her research which encompasses the work of Goethe; eighteenth-century chemistry; early palaeontology; mineralogy and emblematics. McIntosh explores the connections and affinities between her different areas of research and issues of a more personal nature. The resulting work has layers of meaning - personal, philosophical and relating to the physical world.
McIntosh studied painting at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating with BA Hons in 1995 and an MFA in 1997. She has won numerous awards, including the John Kinross (1997) and Salvesen (2002) Travel Scolarships, awarded by the Royal Scottish Academy.
Public collections include Royal Academy, London; Art in Healthcare Scotland and the Alastair Salvesen Trust.