September 12, 2020 - September 26, 2020


Location: West Perth
13 - 26 SEPTEMBER, WEST PERTH. ARTIST TALK 2-4PM SATURDAY 13 SEPTEMBER. Last chance to meet the artist for some while after he spent two weeks in isolation in Perth! Act quickly to secure your place as numbers are limited due to COVID restrictions.

Who are these people populating the canvasses of Australian artist Stewart MacFarlane? Across four decades, MacFarlane has recruited friends, strangers and other artists to act as protagonists in his staged dramas. His paintings glow with saturated colour, often theatrically lit, highlighting the anxieties lurking beneath the patina of our apparently techno-comfortable contemporary urban life. Narrative is eerily implied. These people want something, and their desire leaches from the canvas. MacFarlane’s dramatic style forcefully displays the narrative possibilities of the painted work. Beyond fashion, MacFarlane’s art is never out of place with current trends. He stands as a master of Australian contemporary narrative painting. Stewart MacFarlane was born in Australia in 1953 and has studied painting in Melbourne and New York; he has lived and exhibited in Australia and the United States. His work is held by collections including The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Artbank, Sydney; regional and university collections and internationally in the United States.