Euan Macleod: Painter
Curated by Gregory O’Brien
2 September – 2 December 2018
Euan Macleod: Painter is the first major touring exhibition of this artist’s work in Aotearoa New Zealand. Christchurch-born, but resident in Sydney since the early 1980s, Euan Macleod has produced a remarkable and gripping body of work during three decades of a prolific career. His paintings take us on a journey, not only through physical landscapes, but also through states of mind and being.
Many of these paintings are self-portraits. With impassioned applications of oil paint, Macleod depicts himself from many 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 the genre of self-portraiture, Macleod is 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.
At a time when New Zealand society is thinking about environmental issues, global warming and the politics of water, McLeod’s figure-in-landscape paintings are as relevant as they are vital.
– Gregory O’Brien, 2017
Euan Macleod: Painter has been touring New Zealand since December 2015 and been shown at 13 galleries from Invercargil to Whangarei. Pātaka Art + Museum is its final venue.