Other artworks

  • Public Hall
  • Euan MACLEOD
  • born 1956 Christchurch New Zealand to Australia 1981
  • Journey left to right 2003 (diptych)
  • 2003 (diptych)
  • oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas
  • Entry in the Centenary Art Competition run in conjunction with the Australian Bar Association for the centenary of the Court 6 October 2003, purchased 2004 Collection of the High Court of Australia

Journey left to right was entered in the High Court Centenary Art Prize, the competition won by Rosella Namok’s Today now …we all gotta go by same laws. The subject matter is typical of the artist’s work – an exploration of the relationship between the human psyche and the landscape. In this painting a large shadowy figure, that fills the height of the canvas, traverses the landscape heading from left to right. It appears six times across the almost six metres of the canvas. The direction is purposeful, though the figure is always partly obscured within the landscape. The paint is thick and crusty on the surface. The figure may be autobiographical, but it also alludes to a larger idea – of the journey of humankind in a world of uncertainties.

About the artist

  • Euan Macleod was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1956 and from 1981 has lived and worked mainly in Australia, based in Sydney. He likes to immerse himself in different terrains, and the settings for his paintings range from central Australia to the Antarctic to coastal environments. His works are represented in Watters Gallery, Sydney, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne and Victor Mace Fine Art Gallery, Brisbane. Macleod has received many prestigious awards, including the Archibald Prize (1999), the Sulman Prize (2001), the Blake Prize (2006) and the Gallipoli Art Prize (2009). His works are held in many public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Saatchi and Saatchi, Wellington, New Zealand, and Allen Allen and Hemsley, Sydney.