Pile of Rocks 1', 2004
oil on canvas
signed, dated and titled (on the reverse)
A gift from the artist
Private collection, Sydney
Born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1956, painter Euan Macleod moved to Australia in 1981 and has since lived and worked in Sydney. Well known for his densely textured landscapes, which often incorporate solitary, self-reflexive figures, Macleod's work is held in collections across Australia and internationally, including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, the Chartwell Collection, New Zealand and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Macleod is the recipient of a number of prizes, including the 2006 Blake Prize; 2001 Sir John Sulman Prize; and the 1999 Archibald Prize, awarded for his self-portrait 'Head like a hole'.
The dominant theme running throughout Macleod's oeuvre is the relationship between the human figure and the landscape. Using a palette of muted tones, his paintings often take on a dream-like quality, however this element is grounded by decisive brushstrokes that tie the works to the physicality of their maker. Resisting specific representation, Macleod's paintings merge recollected landscapes and personal symbolism, and often resonate with viewers through memory and subjective experience. Euan Macleod is represented by Niagara Galleries, Melbourne and Watters Gallery, Sydney.