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Exhibition Tour - Euan MacLeod and Gregory O'Brien


Sun 21 Aug 2016, 4:00pm–5:30pm

Where: Millennium Public Art Gallery, Corner of Seymour and Alfred Streets, Blenheim, Marlborough

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free

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Euan Macleod - Painter is the first major touring exhibition of Macleod’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.

Euan Macleod - Biographical Note:
Born in Christchurch in 1956, Macleod completed a Diploma of Fine Arts (Painting) at Canterbury University. Moving to Sydney, he held his first solo exhibition in 1981 at Watters Gallery, East Sydney. Just as his works are infused with landscapes from both his birthplace and his adopted home, Macleod has, throughout his career, exhibited on both sides of the Tasman. Since his Self-portrait; head like a hole won Australia’s most prestigious art prize, the Archibald Prize for Portraiture, in 1999, he has received numerous awards, including the Blake Prize for Religious Art in 2006 and the Gallipoli Prize (2009).

Macleod is represented in public collections including the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Christchurch Art Gallery. A monograph to accompany this exhibition, Euan Macleod - the painter in the painting, by curator-writer Gregory O’Brien, is published by Piper Press, Sydney. $60 retail.

Gregory O’brien - Biographical Note:
Gregory O'Brien, born in Matamata, New Zealand, in 1961, is a prolific Wellington-based poet, editor and painter. Between 1997 and 2009 he was curator at the City Gallery, Wellington and responsible for exhibitions by Rosalie Gascoigne, Colin McCahon, Fiona Hall and Elizabeth Thomson, among others.

As well as producing substantial art publications, Greg has illustrated his own poetry books and written books introducing art to young people. In May 2011, O'Brien travelled to the Kermadec Islands, north of New Zealand. His artwork from that project featured in the touring exhibition he curated, Kermadec - lines in the ocean at the Millennium Public Art Gallery in the summer 2014-15. He is represented in several significant public collections and he has received major awards including the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in 2012.

Painting image: Euan Macleod, Island, 2012, oil on canvas, 100 x 532 cm.

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