Opening Event Wednesday March 21 from 6pm
TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland
Euan Macleod: Painter is the first major touring exhibition of the artist’s work on this side of the Tasman. Christchurch-born, but resident in Sydney since the early 1980s, Euan Macleod has produced a singular, remarkable and gripping body of work. Spanning three decades of a prolific career, the 39 canvases in the exhibition take us on a journey not only through physical landscapes but also through states of mind and being. As well as asking how each of us engages with nature, the exhibition hints at myths and narratives from human history–processes of discovery, conflict and resolution.
Many of these paintings are self-portraits. With impassioned, visceral applications of oil paint, Macleod depicts himself marching, striding and covering ground. The exhibition features works painted in New Zealand as well as Australia– alpine and coastal vistas contrast with the baked or scrub-covered outback. Macleod paints himself from different vantage points; he buries himself in earth and clay, he dissolves into a plume of volcanic smoke. He is consumed by fire; he is drowned and then resuscitated. Extending, rather than being confined by, the genre of self-portraiture, Macleod is that rare being, an artist ‘prepared to push the boat out into uncharted waters and dare to take a risk’, as Peter Rose observed in his history of the Archibald Prize (which Macleod won in 1999).
With its striking imagery, raw, impasto surfaces and immense vitality, ‘Euan Macleod:Painter’ will excite, inspire and challenge viewers of all ages and backgrounds. Importantly, it is the first survey exhibition of Macleod’s work to be shown in Auckland. At a time when New Zealand society is thinking about environmental issues, global warming and the politics of water, his figure-in-landscape paintings are as relevant as they are vital.
– Gregory O’Brien, 2017
Exhibition talk with Euan Macleod and Gregory O’Brien on Thursday 22 March from 1pm.
TSB Wallace Arts Centre
Date(s) - 21/03/2018 - 20/05/2018