Rob McLeod: The Problem with Freud
26-May-2019, 4:00 PM Eastern Southland Gallery FREE Visit Our Website
This exhibition brings together a series of works by respected Wellington artist Rob McLeod, from the permanent collection.
McLeod has completed two Mataura Licensing Trust-funded short-term residencies in Gore (2006 and 2016) and has gifted nearly 30 works to the collection. This exhibition features a selection of his large colourful plywood-based paintings for visitors to enjoy. The works span the time period 1990–2012 and feature four interconnecting themes that have run through his work since the 1980’s - namely breaking free from the rectangle, utilisation of the floor plane, a push into three dimensions and figurative explorations.
Born in Scotland, Robert McLeod was educated at Glasgow School of Art (1965-69) and immigrated to New Zealand in 1972. His work is notable for its expressive painterly style and throughout his four- decade career he has swung from semi-figurative to complete formal abstraction. McLeod has exhibited extensively around New Zealand and his work is held in major public art collections throughout the country. In 2005 he was runner-up in the prestigious Wallace Art Awards.