Contemporary Art Exhibition
2nd – 26th May 2018
Stewart MacFarlane is a figurative artist whose work is saturated with contrasting blocks of colour and exaggerated angles. In his return to Brisbane, Mitchell Fine Art is hosting a solo exhibition from the 2nd – 26th May 2018 in Fortitude Valley.
MacFarlane’s 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.
'Coastline' 92 x 122cm, oil on canvas, (2018)
‘In this exhibition, there is a general connection to the coast, as I am drawn mostly to the ocean. I like to live in sight of it. I am not nautically gifted, I don't surf, sail, fish, or swim much, I just love the look, the expanse and the possibilities of the ocean’, says Stewart.
‘Most Australians live near the coast of course and would share my love of the sight of endless expanses of water. Having said that, I have included a glimpse of the outback in this exhibition. The great contrast, but the open-ended landscape gives a similar feeling of uninhibited mental freedom and a feast of possibilities’.
'Lady Bay' 92 x 137cm, oil on canvas, (2018)
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.
Stewart MacFarlane is currently a finalist in the 2018 Percival Portrait Art Prize in Townsville and the 2018 Fleurieu Art Prize in SA.
NEED TO KNOW
OPENING NIGHT - Friday 11th May 2018, 6pm – 8pm
ARTIST TALK - Saturday 12th May 2018, 2pm
EXHIBITION DATES - 2nd - 26th May 2018
Mitchell Fine Art is located at 86 Arthur St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. The gallery is open Monday to Friday 10am – 5.30pm and Saturdays from 10am – 5.00pm.
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