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Exhibition Detail
Medusa
35 Derby Street
3066 Collingwood
VIC
Australia


July 8th - July 27th
Opening: 
July 8th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Medusa, Stewart MacfarlaneStewart Macfarlane, Medusa,
2014, oil on canvas , 122 x 137 cm
© Courtesy of the artist & The AUSTRALIAN GALLERIES
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MacFarlane’s scenarios contain both promise and menace in
an uneasy mix of possibility and almost lost opportunity
- Nicholas Jose
Stewart MacFarlane’s dynamic paintings explore the
complexities of social relationships, both through the
interactions of the figures depicted and the voyeuristic
observations and interpretations of the viewer. Originally
from South Australia, where he currently resides,
MacFarlane has spent extended periods living in America,
using these contrasting landscapes as the backdrop for his
enigmatic narratives of the human condition.
Whether depicting a New York streetscape, an anonymous
urban environment or the outback landscape of the Flinders
Ranges MacFarlane’s work expresses the stark solitary
existence of contemporary life. Each work is an inscrutable
plot that we are only privy to a fleeting moment of creating
more questions than answers. The woman lying provocatively
naked on a bed staring at her mobile phone willing it to
ring – will she hear from the anonymous lover who said he
would call, or perhaps she is waiting for her new husband,
running late for their anticipated rendezvous. The appeal of
MacFarlane’s work is that we will never know the outcome
of these engaging and emotive instants.
MacFarlane’s works are saturated in theatrical lighting
with rich and vibrant colour combinations pulsating from
the canvas. A master of colour manipulation, he contrasts
complimentary colours to define his subject, heightening the
light and shadow.
Throughout the 1970’s MacFarlane studied and lived
in New York, working as a studio assistant for several
artists including Janet Fish, Alex Katz and Chuck Close; a
period which has been highly influential on his work. He is
represented in most University and State Gallery collections
as well as the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. He
has held over 50 solo exhibitions in Australia and the USA.


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