Stewart Macfarlane: Paintings
Authors Nicholas Jose and Timothy Morrell.
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 painting glow with saturated color, 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 the master of Australian contemporary narrative painting.