Experience the majesty of Moreton Island and the Bay through this exhibition of new works by Euan Macleod at Museum of Brisbane.
Discover the sublime and fragile ecosystem of Moreton Island through the texture of Macleod’s work. Creating a world of richly-layered brush strokes, Macleod’s work portrays both the restlessness and vulnerability of the human figure in his evocative landscapes.
Winner of the 1999 Archibald Prize, Macleod has established a long and successful career. His rapid approach to painting allows him to capture the atmosphere of a moment in time: the billowing clouds, storm fronts, sunshine on the water at dusk and, in this exhibition, the unmistakable Australian coastal bushlands.
Euan Macleod’s practice is best known for expressing our relationship with the landscape. His use of figures in the landscape or wading through water signify our restlessness and vulnerability. To some degree Macleod is conveying his own personal response to a place, in awe of his surroundings.
Macleod works primarily in oils but has produced many works on paper, including drawings and artist’s prints. While Macleod creates most of his work in his studio he has travelled widely, working en plein air (painting in the open air) in a variety of landscapes, including locations in New Zealand, Flinders Ranges of South Australia, central Australia, Antarctica, Hong Kong, Gallipoli and Queensland. Macleod is a regular visitor to Brisbane and he has depicted much of the city in his paintings, a number of which feature in The River exhibition.
Born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1956, Macleod studied Graphic Design at Christchurch Technical Institute in 1975 followed by a Diploma in Fine Arts (Painting) at University of Canterbury before moving to Sydney in 1981 where he has lived and worked ever since. Macleod held his first solo exhibition in 1982 and has exhibited consistently and widely since then with more than 50 solo and many more group exhibitions.
Macleod has been the recipient of many prestigious awards such as the 1999 Archibald Prize, the 2000 and 2009 Tattersall’s Landscape Prize, the 2001 Sulman Prize, the 2006 Blake Prize, the inaugural NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize in 2008 and the 2009 Gallipoli Art Prize. His works are held in many public and private collections, including Museum of Brisbane, National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Art Gallery of Western Australia, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington) and the Centre for Contemporary Art (Christchurch). Surface Tension, a survey exhibition of his work organised by the Tweed River Art Gallery, toured Australia in 2010-11 and in 2010 a monograph, Euan Macleod: the Painter in the Painting, written by Gregory O’Brien, was published by Piper Press.