Mary McIntyre was a rural farmer's wife and mother of six children who became inspired by Colin McCahon at an Elam summer school in 1966. Influenced by Italian Renaissance painters and the surrealists, she developed a distinctive style, using figurative elements which were almost photo-realist, and which had highly symbolic meanings. In this example from 1982 she compares the noted New Zealand art critic Hamish Keith with the Incredible Hulk, a character from Marvel comics. The Hulk was the alter ego of a brilliant but emotionally repressed physicist who under stress becomes the Hulk and possesses superhuman physical powers.
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Acrylic on board by Mary McIntyre, 1982
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