Euan Macleod - Painting the Painter is the first major survey exhibition of Macleod’s work to be shown in New Zealand. Featuring 42 works created between 1984 to 2014, Macleod has produced a remarkably gripping body of work. This exhibition is curated by Gregory O’Brien.
With its strikingly raw imagery, textured paint surfaces, and expressionistic brush and palette knife techniques, this exhibition exemplifies Macleod’s reoccurring interest in the relationship between the figure of the human body and the environment.
The exhibition features works painted in diverse and dramatic landscapes; the volcanic terrain of White Island, the isolated environment of Antarctica, the barren desert land of outback Australia, coastal surrounds where the artist grew up in Christchurch, and the Southern Alps of the South Island. Extending the genre of portraiture, Macleod paints himself and others from different vantage points; striding and covering ground, buried in earth and clay, dissolving into a plume of volcanic smoke, consumed by fire, and submerged in water.
Euan Macleod - Painting the Painter will excite, inspire, and challenge viewers of all ages and backgrounds.
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