Born and educated in New Zealand, Euan Macleod (b. 1956) now lives and works in Sydney, Australia. He produces dark, expressive paintings that reflect his love of both the New Zealand and Australian landscapes. He paints heavily textured surfaces, literally scraping the gritty oil and acrylic paints across the canvas. Out of muted colours, Macleod shapes people and landscapes. A looming figure with long limbs often divides the picture. A vertiginous cliff is sometimes delineated by a rough, raw brushstroke.
Macleod was the winner of the prestigious Archibald Prize for portraiture in 1999. He has an impressive solo exhibition history showing regularly in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Christchurch in addition to numerous group exhibitions, prizes and residencies. Twelve years after the first survey of his work was mounted by Newcastle Region Gallery in 1998, a comprehensive touring exhibition covering the years 1991–2009 was curated by Gavin Wilson for Tweed River Art Gallery, Mirwillumbah, Australia. Macleod’s work is held in prominent public and private collections throughout Australia and overseas including the National Gallery of Victoria (Australia); National Gallery of Australia; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (USA), and the Chartwell Collection (New Zealand).