Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Euan Macleod and Gregory O’Brien at the Waiheke Community Art Gallery
Euan Macleod and Gregory O’Brien exhibition The sea and where it was we went at the WaihekeCommunityArtGallery in conjunction with Words on a SmallIsland The Waiheke Book Festival 2011.
Join Euan Macleod and Gregory O’Brien at the Gala Opening on Friday 4 November and for an Artist Presentation in the gallery at midday 12.00PM on Saturday 5 November.
Euan Macleod originally from New Zealand, now lives and works in Sydney. Macleod was the winner of the prestigious Archibald Prize for portraiture. . He won the Sulman Prize for best subject painting in 2001 and the Blake Prize for Religious Art in 2006.
His paintings and drawings feature in prominent public and private collections throughout Australia and overseas including the National Gallery of Victoria, National Gallery of Australia, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Chartwell Collection.
He produces dark, expressive paintings. The heavily textured surfaces are literally scraped, the gritty oil paint smeared across the canvas. Out of muted colours, Macleod shapes people and landscapes. A looming figure with long limbs often divides the picture. A vertiginous cliff is sometimes delineated by a rough, raw brushstroke. These are tough masculine paintings. There is a brutal honesty to the work which at times can be quite confronting.
Formerly a senior curator at City Gallery Wellington, Gregory O'Brien is a poet, essayist, and artist. His most recent book, Euan MacLeod: the Painter and the Painting will be featured alongside the gallery exhibitions and at the book festival.
The festival exhibition open from 6 October to 14 November. 7 Days 10AM – 4PM at the WaihekeCommunityArtGallery, Korora Road, Oneroa Auckland.