For background on the artist and works, see below.
Cook Strait Passage – Three Rocks
East of Ashburton
Cook Strait Passage – Two Rocks
Return to Meretoto I
Return to Meretoto II
Study Coming Ashore 2
Study Coming Ashore 1 – Meretoto
Dark Figure, Meretoto 10-22
White Figure, Meretoto 10-22
Meretoto Wharf Study with Weka, 10-22
About the Artist
Born in New Zealand, Euan Macleod moved from Christchurch to Australia in the early 1980s, and has come to be regarded as one of the foremost painters working across both countries. His paintings often feature a dominant figure striding through or laying atop a powerful expressive evocation of landscape; moody, reflective, often with a sense of history or the past pushing through into the present. Often the figure appears to be walking through cultural history, mythological perhaps.
Euan’s work is represented in many private and public collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, and the Metropolitan Museum, New York. Euan has won art prizes in Australia, including the Archibald in 1999, the Sulman Prize in 2001, the Blake Prize in 2006, the New South Wales Parliament’s inaugural Plein Air painting prize in 2008, the Tattersall’s Landscape Prize in 2000 and 2009, the Gallipoli Art Prize, 2009, and the King’s School Art Prize in 2011.
In 2010 Piper Press, Sydney, published a monograph, Euan Macleod: the Painter in the Painting, written by Gregory O’Brien.
Euan Macleod visited Meretoto/Ship Cove with Gregory O’Brien in October 2022 as part of The Diversion Gallery’s Meretoto project taking artists to respond to that place of sustained early contact between Māori and Captain James Cook. They produced several collaborative works, alongside Macleod’s striking studies in pastel on paper, expressive evocations of place, light, history, and a sense of connection through time.
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