(New Zealand, Australia 1956 – )
200.0 x 248.0 cm overall stretcher
'I was thinking at one stage about that relationship with the figure and the landscape - thinking how will I do this without the figure? The obvious way was to use a metaphor for the figure. I thought "I'll use a boat". Why did I choose a boat? Because of my father on one level, and I love the shape of the boat and I love painting water. It's hard to separate it out - what's conscious, what's unconscious.' (Euan Macleod to Gavin Wilson in Surface tension, the art of Euan Macleod 1991-2009, Tweed River Art Gallery, 2010, Murwillumbah, p 7)
Euan MacLeod is an established New Zealand/ Australian artist who has lived, worked and taught in Sydney since 1981. MacLeod's paintings and prints characteristically feature landscapes patrolled by lonesome figures often executed from memory in an expressionistic manner. 'Two up, two down' 2004 is a large-scale four-panelled painting whose compelling coastal/domestic imagery relates to the artist's hometown of Lyttleton Harbour, New Zealand, and his eccentric boat building father who suffered from Alzheimer's disease and died in 1993. Rich in personal mythology and symbolism this picture represents a psychological as well as a literal environment, which explores the human condition and our relationship with nature.
Gregory O'Brien, Euan MacLeod: the painter in the painting, 'Lyttleton Harbour and other excavations', pg. 37-58, Dawes Point, 2010, 50-51 (colour illus.).
Watters Gallery (Compilator), Euan MacLeod: new paintings, East Sydney, 2005, n.pag.. cat.no. 7; priced $30,000
Gavin Wilson, Surface tension: the art of Euan MacLeod 1991-2009, 'Surface tension: the art of Euan MacLeod 1991-2009', pg. 4-8, Murwillumbah, 2010, 7 , 32 (colour illus.), 51.
Euan MacLeod: new paintings, Watters Gallery, East Sydney, 18 May 2005–11 Jun 2005
The big picture, Trinity Delmar Gallery, 14 Mar 2006–02 Apr 2006
Surface tension: the art of Euan MacLeod 1991-2009: