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Euan Macleod is one of Australia’s and New Zealand’s most significant artists. He is best known for his powerful and symbolic paintings which set figures in a landscape.

He has won many art awards including the Archibald, Wynne, Sulman, Blake, Tattersall’s and Gallipoli art prizes.  He has had over 100 solo shows and been involved in over 200 group shows across Australia and internationally. His works are held in almost every major public collection in Australia and of course many private collections.

Macleod’s work has taken him all over the world, including remote places like Central Australia and Antarctica, and he has just returned from a trip to Yellow Mountain in China. We talk about his approach to landscape and figure painting and his views on interpretation of his work. He also shares information about his process and technique and talks about the unsettling experience of winning the Archibald in 1999.

Feature photograph by Andrew Merry

Current exhibitions:

Links to things we talk about in the show


Oil on polyester 150 x 180cm

‘Impasse’ 2011 Oil on polyester 150 x 180cm


Oil on canvas 137 x 180cm

‘Self Portrait (Blue Centre)’  2007  Oil on canvas 137 x 180cm


Oil on canvas 150 x 180cm

‘Figure Sitting On Boat In Desert’  2007  Oil on canvas 150 x 180cm

Oil on polyester 137 x 180cm

‘Climbing’ 2011 Oil on polyester 137 x 180cm

Self-portrait: head like a hole

‘Self-portrait: head like a hole’ 1999 oil on canvas 180 x 137cm

Works in progress from China trip – plein air paintings, studies and works on canvas













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