Following a brain injury after birth, he was considered as “mentally retarded”. He was first committed at the age of sixteen and spent his whole life in psychiatric centers. He was seventy-two years old when his doctors decided that a life outside of institution could have a beneficial effect on him. At the Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland Dwight Mackintosh found a welcoming place, encouraging the emergence of an important artistic production.
Certain themes are recurrent in his work : human body, motor vehicles (especially X-rayed buses and later cars) and animals. One of the fundamental subjects of his work are "Boysses" - groups of naked boys with red cheeks and long hair with an erect penis. The contours of his figures are often doubled – perhaps it’s just the pleasure of the gesture, or a way of affirming himself as an artist. Writing is omnipresent.
SEE ALSO :
MacGregor, John M. Dwight Mackintosh : The Boy Who Time Forgot. Oakland : Creative Growth Art Center, 1992.
Montreuil California. Cinq créateurs du Creative Growth Art Center. Journal no. 3. Paris : abcd, 2007.
Publications de la Collection de l’Art Brut, fascicule 17. Lausanne, 1992.