Scott McFarlane: Maps and Flags

The belief that art is an expressive tool through which emotion and intellect can be communicated essentially undergirds McFarlane's practice, and in combining traditional ideas of painting with the everyday McFarlane essentially paints his own dreamy world.

  • Opening Date: Tuesday, 20 October 2015
  • Closing Date: Sunday, 8 November 2015
  • Opening Time: Tues to Fri 11-5pm, Sat 11-4pm

McFarlane's dual interests in history and the everyday become evident. His practice of throwing paint at the canvas and then wiping it off with rags, together with his abstract figuration, flattened picture sphere and non-specific horizon lines are all akin to abstract expressionist technique and all-over painting methodology. Yet the use of traditional painting techniques and earthy colour tones, his penchant for painting en plein air, and the almost allegorical subject matter of his artworks all serve as a reminder of by-gone art histories. It is not surprising then that an air of nostalgia permeates much of the work in this exhibition, enhanced by historical titles and vaguely familiar figuration. The belief that art is an expressive tool through which emotion and intellect can be communicated essentially undergirds McFarlane's practice, and in combining traditional ideas of painting with the everyday McFarlane essentially paints his own dreamy world.

Essay excerpt by Alice Tyler

Curatorial Assistant

Gus Fisher Gallery

Centre for Art Studies, University of Auckland

 

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