Rob McLeod, Swimming Against the Tide, 1990’s and 2005, oil on plywood


The Problem with Freud
13 April – 26 May 2019

This exhibition brings together a series of works by respected Wellington artist Rob McLeod, from the permanent collection. Born in Scotland, Robert McLeod was educated at Glasgow School of Art (1965-69) and immigrated to New Zealand in 1972. His work is notable for its expressive painterly style and throughout his four- decade career he has swung from semi-figurative to complete formal abstraction. McLeod has exhibited extensively around New Zealand and his work is held in major public art collections throughout the country.
In 2005 he was runner-up in the prestigious Wallace Art Awards.

McLeod has completed two MLT funded short-term residencies here in Gore (2006 and 2016) and has gifted nearly 30 works to the collection. We are delighted to bring out a selection of his large colourful plywood-based paintings for visitors to enjoy. The works span the time period 1990–2012 and feature four interconnecting themes that have run through his work since the 1980’s - namely breaking free from the rectangle, utilisation of the floor plane, a push into three dimensions and figurative explorations. 



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