Stewart MacFarlane ‘The Real World’ – Manning Regional Art Gallery, Taree

In News July 26, 2019

Image: Outback (Self), 2018, oil on canvas, 102 x 183cm

Stewart MacFarlane – ‘The Real World’

Manning Regional Art Gallery

25 July – 1 September

Opening at Manning Regional Art Gallery this Saturday 27 July at 2pm, ‘The Real World’ explores Stewart’s practice which spans 4 decades and this exhibition will feature works from each era. His pop-inspired paintings depict dark and often disturbing unfinished narratives.

“I have retained a consistent vision ever since that time. I have pursued realism combined with an open-ended narrative. I believe my figurative work would complement the direction of the gallery, particularly with the success of The Naked and The Nude prize that has been a feature of the gallery. My work would cover a broad range of subject matter however and the nude would only be a small proportion of the whole exhibition. Other subject matter features such things as, the figure in urban spaces, the ocean, loneliness, couples, travel and childhood. My paintings are known for their bold colour and strong narratives”. – Stewart MacFarlane, 2019

Manning Regional Art Gallery – 12 Macquarie Street, Taree NSW

Open Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm and Sunday 1pm – 4pm

MacFarlane has held more than sixty solo exhibitions, studied and lived in the US as well as Australia and has exhibited extensively in Australia, Europe and the United States. His work is held by collections including The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Artbank, Sydney; regional and university collections and internationally in the United States.


Cactus (2008), oil on canvas, 61 x 76cm


Visit to Palm Beach (1989), oil on canvas, 122 x 244cm