Untitled (Fairground Figure Study), 1991
Stewart MacFarlane (Born 1953)
mixed media on paper
102 x 71 cm
signed and dated lower right
Provenance: Sotheby's, Contemporary and Aboriginal Art, Melbourne, 18/06/1995, Lot No. 144
0419 540 162
This painting is typical of Stewart MacFarlane's work - it deals with the interaction or lack of it between people…depicting an unfinished story...the figure is washed in strong artificial light, her back to the canvas shadowing her defiant gesture. She is not the victim…she is staring at the real victims who we can only imagine.
Stewart MacFarlane was born in Adelaide and completed his Diploma in Fine Art in 1974 before travelling to the US to further his studies, completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1977. He has held over 50 solo exhibitions of his work in Australia, Asia, U.S.A. and Germany. A monograph of his work, titled ‘Stewart MacFarlane: Riddles of life’ was published in 1996, followed by a second monograph published in 2012, titled ‘Stewart MacFarlane: Paintings’.
MacFarlane’s work is represented in the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the QLD Art Gallery, Artbank, Art Gallery of WA, Brisbane City Gallery, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and many regional institutions