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Title

Turtle

2007

Artist

Euan Macleod

New Zealand, Australia

1956 –

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  • Details

    Date
    2007
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    aquatint, printed in black ink on cream wove paper
    Edition
    12/30
    Dimensions
    19.6 x 29.7 cm platemark; 33.0 x 46.1 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r., pencil "EUAN MACLEOD 07".

    Credit
    Purchased with funds provided by the Australian Prints, Drawings and Watercolours Benefactors' Fund 2013
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    211.2013
    Copyright
    © Euan MacLeod
    Artist information
    Euan Macleod

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Euan Macleod was born in New Zealand and studied art in Christchurch before moving to Australia in 1981.

    Macleod's paintings and prints are closely interrelated. His primary theme is landscape, often romantic and darkly brooding in tenor. An anonymous, often isolated male figure is repeatedly featured, dominating the landscape, a metaphorical or symbolic force that could alternately stand for the artist himself, a father figure (Macleod witnessed his father's long decline into Alzheimer's disease as a young man), or a more universal presence.

    The image of a boat, which features in this print, can be linked to his father's idiosyncratic project of building a boat in the family living room (necessitating the removal of a window when it was finally finished and seaworthy). '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. Its 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', Murwillumbah, Tweed River Art Gallery, 2010, p7).

Other works by Euan Macleod

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