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Euan Macleod: Flux at the Orange Regional Gallery

Euan Macleod: Flux is an Orange Regional Gallery and ANU Drill Hall Gallery partnership exhibition. Exhibition runs 23 March – 2 June 2024 at the Orange Regional Gallery. Exhibition runs 21 June – 11 August at the Drill Hall Gallery.

In Flux Euan Macleod presents a series of en plain air paintings made on Haupapa Tasman Glacier in New Zealand’s South Island, alongside a suite of studio works whose grand scale emulates their site of inspiration.

Macleod’s fascination with potentially dangerous environments recurs as he paints this sublime and inhospitable world of minerals, rock and ice. His climbers, often alone or linked by a rope to a companion figure or guide are metaphors through which the connection to and reliance on another human being is amplified.

The appearance of displaced or wandering figures is a hallmark of Macleod’s work, radically altering our reading of his paintings as ‘landscapes’. He invites us into a psychological space in which he turns to face his prevailing sense of disquiet. Macleod’s achievement might best align with the words of Scottish mountaineer and poet, Nan Shepherd, when she suggests that in mountain experience “place and mind may interpenetrate till the nature of both is altered.”

Adjoining the glacier paintings are 200 works from an ongoing series Macleod has made of his friend Geoff Dixon. The portraits, created almost daily over the FaceTime app, began in 2021 during Covid lockdowns as a way of maintaining a connection with Geoff, who had recently lost his partner. The two continue to meet regularly with over 450 portraits to date.

For more information visit the Orange Regional Gallery website

Euan Macleod is represented by King Street Gallery on William, Sydney.

Image: Euan Macleod drawing at Grand Plateau, Aoraki Mt Cook 2023. Photo Bradley Hammond

The Drill Hall Gallery acknowledges the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples, the traditional custodians of the Canberra region, and recognises their continuous connection to culture, community and Country.