Sydney-based artist, Euan Macleod was born in 1956 in Christchurch, New Zealand. He gained a Diploma of Fine Arts (painting) at the Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury in 1979 and in 1981 moved to Australia. He has exhibited extensively in both Australia and New Zealand.
Since being awarded a residency at the University of Canterbury in 1995, Macleod has been Artist in Residence in numerous locations around the world including Alayrac in France, Waiheke Island and Dusky Sound in New Zealand, and most recently the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia.
Macleod won the prestigious Archibald prize in 1999, the Tattersalls Landscape Art Prize in 2000 and 2009, the Sulman Prize in 2001, the Blake Prize in 2006, the New South Wales Parliament’s inaugural Plein Air painting Prize 2008 and the Gallipoli Art Prize in 2009.
Macleod’s work is featured in prominent public and private collections internationally including Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand, the Chartwell Collection, the Christchurch Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Victoria, National Gallery of Australia, the Heide Museum of Modern Art, the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Surface Tensions, the art of Euan Macleod 1991-2009, curated by Gavin Wilson, toured six regional Australian galleries finishing in Sydney in 2012.
In 2010 Piper Press, Sydney, published Euan Macleod, The Painter in the Painting. This volume, written by Gregory O’Brien, is a major study of three decades of Macleod’s career. The Painter in the Painting, a major survey show of Macleod’s work, was shown at Tauranga Art Gallery toi Tauranga (2014-2015). Curated by Gregory O’Brien, it featured 50 works from 1984 to 2014 and included Macleod’s largest work to date. Since then a selection of works from this show have been exhibited around New Zealand as the travelling show Euan Macleod – Painter.