• Mayfair: (August) Orange 4, for Julius Dodony

Robert MacPherson

Mayfair: (August) Orange 4, for Julius Dodony, 1999-2002
Dulux weathershield acrylic on masonite
122 x 91 cm (each) – 4 panels

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Born in Queensland in 1937, Robert MacPherson is one of Australia's most important living conceptual artists. MacPherson's paintings, sculptures and installations can be seen as lively investigations into the language of Modernism.

Incorporating the styles and motifs of roadsign signage, slang expressions and hand painted shop placards, MacPherson's work is often created using the humblest of materials, such as paint-brushes, pots, socks, shovels and blankets. Through these modest domestic materials, MacPherson creates works that are strikingly beautiful, humorous and decisively Australian: works that highlight the poetry of the everyday. Represented by Yuill Crowley, Sydney, MacPherson's work has been the subject of two survey exhibitions - the first in 1995 at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and the second held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth in 2001. He has been regularly included in museum exhibitions, including the Biennale of Sydney in 1990, 1998, 2000 and 2002.

Yuill/Crowley, Sydney
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Robert Macpherson The Painter’s Reach, Queensland Art Gallery/GOMA, Brisbane, 25 July – 18 October 2015, cat.28

I Periz, A Goddard, T Smith, E. McDonald, Robert Macpherson The Painter’s Reach, Brisbane, 2015 exh. cat., illus. p.119 & p.197

"Robert Macpherson is a direct and complex artist. Direct because the face value of his work is high and can exist without extrapolation; complex because he rewards patient and active looking with moments of quite revelation. While his works might draw on Australia - its occupants and their histories, its vernaculars and taxonomies - he invariably transcends the local, despite living and making art here in Brisbane for over four decades.

One of Australia's most important and resilient artists, whose practice deliberates on the conceptual possibilities of the act of painting and revels in the multitude of languages and arenas that art can make visible, Macpherson extracts surprising and universal meanings from the prosaic and the parochial." (Chris Saines, Robert Macpherson The Painter’s Reach, Brisbane, 2015 exh. cat., p.11)