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'Odyssey' | Stewart MacFarlane

6th October - 6th November 2021

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Stewart MacFarlane is a figurative artist whose work is saturated with contrasting blocks of colour and exaggerated angles. His paintings are dramatic narratives - uncertain and unsettling. With his implied scenarios and visual clues, his works raise more questions than answers as he entices the audience to play detective and solve the mystery. 

MacFarlane likes the idea of telling stories and has never really given a painting a 'story', he likes the viewer to do a lot of the work in deciding what is going on. Much of his work is made to have an uncertain narrative in it, leaving the painting open, rather than having an obvious image that sums up things for the viewer.

‘Odyssey is my first Australian exhibition in three years (since 2018). I have been on an Odyssey, in a sense, since that time. This exhibition is mostly painted in three American locations: Roswell, New Mexico; Savannah, Georgia and St George Island, Florida. A few works from Australia feature also, such as Odyssey and The Lost City’ - Stewart MacFarlane, 2021.

In 2018, Stewart MacFarlane was a finalist in the Percival Portrait Art Prize in Townsville and the Fleurieu Art Prize in SA.

MacFarlane’s work is widely collected and is represented, amongst others, in the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and many regional institutions.


  1. Stewart MacFarlane | High Tide

    121.5 x 146.5cm

    oil on canvas

  2. Stewart MacFarlane | The Low Country

    106 x 146cm

    oil on canvas

  3. Stewart MacFarlane | Valley of Dreams

    71.5 x 142cm

    oil on canvas

  4. Stewart MacFarlane | Pinnacles, Arkaroola (Flinders)

    43 x 53cm

    oil on canvas

  5. Stewart MacFarlane | Hucks Lookout (Flinders)

    43 x 52cm

    oil on board

  6. Stewart MacFarlane | The Forgotten Coast

    101.5 x 76cm

    oil on canvas

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