Surface tension: The Art of Euan Macleod 1991–2009

29 October – 11 December 2011

Surface Tension: the art of Euan Macleod 1991 – 2009 is the first major touring exhibition of work by Macleod, an innovative artist who is considered to be one of the finest painters of his generation. Euan Macleod’s work has received critical and public acclaim, as well as major awards including the Archibald Prize in 1999, the Sulman Prize in 2001 and the Blake Prize in 2006.
Surface Tension showcases the best of Macleod’s major works, sourced from the collections of public galleries, corporations and private collectors. It traces Macleod’s concentrated distillation of elements from both the Australian bush and the land of his birth, New Zealand. Visitors to this exhibition will witness the artist’s tense wrestle with duality – thick and thin pigments, Australia and New Zealand, father and son, absence and presence. The striking, painterly quality of Macleod’s work is evident through his deft deployment of symbolic imagery which engages audiences in a range of issues including identity, alienation, displacement, security and mortality.

Euan Macleod is represented by Watters Gallery, Sydney; Niagara Galleries, Melbourne and Victor Mace Fine Art Gallery, Brisbane.

Exhibition Tour

SH Ervin Gallery 12 November – 19 December 2010
Tweed River Art Gallery 28 January – 27 March 2011
Orange Regional Gallery 29 April – 12 June 2011
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery 30 June – 7 August 2011
Newcastle Region Art Gallery 27 August – 16 October 2011
The University of Queensland Art Museum 29 October – 11 December 2011


  • Surface Tension: the art of Euan Macleod 1991-2009 Education Resource available here 


View 'Award-winning art looks to Australia and beyond' here

Public Program

Friday 28 October
5.00 pm – 6.00 pm: Join Euan Macleod in conversation with Susi Muddiman, Director, Tweed River Art Gallery

Saturday 12 November
11.00 am – 12.00 pm: Join Curator Gavin Wilson on a guided tour of the exhibition


Surface Tension: the art of Euan Macleod 1991 – 2009
is a Tweed River Art Gallery touring exhibition, curated by Gavin Wilson.

This exhibition is supported by Visions of Australia, an Australian Government program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of Australian cultural material across Australia.


Tweed River Art Gallery is assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW

Euan Macleod
Present 2008
oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Tweed River Art Gallery Collection