Robert MacPherson
The Painter's Reach

25 Jul 2015 – 18 Oct 2015
GOMA | Gallery 1.1, Gallery 1.2 | Free

'The Painter's Reach' explores the work of senior Australian artist MacPherson and includes paintings, installations, ephemera and works on paper, showing how the artist's reach begins with the particular and extends far beyond.

A constant presence on the Australian art scene for almost forty years, MacPherson's autodidacticism and varied working life is reflected in his work which has been shown in a wide range of contexts - minimalism, abstraction, the archival impulse, humour, aesthetics, conceptualism, and the everyday.


Robert MacPherson, Australia b.1937, MAYFAIR: (SWAMP RATS) NINETY-SEVEN SIGNS FOR C.P., J.P., B.W., G.W. & R.W (detail) 1994–1995

Robert MacPherson, Australia b.1937 / MAYFAIR: (SWAMP RATS) NINETY-SEVEN SIGNS FOR C.P., J.P., B.W., G.W. & R.W (detail) 1994–1995 / Acrylic on Masonite / Purchased 1998 with a special allocation from the Queensland Government. Celebrating the Queensland Art Gallery’s Centenary 1895–1995 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery.

Robert MacPherson, Australia b.1937, MAYFAIR: DONUTS 4 “DONUTS.” 1992–2006

Robert MacPherson, Australia b.1937 / MAYFAIR: DONUTS 4 “DONUTS.” 1992–2006 / Dulux Weathershield Acrylic on Masonite / Collection: The artist / Courtesy: Yuill | Crowley, Sydney.

Robert MacPherson, Australia b.1937 / MAYFAIR: SIX FOR BUBBLES, EASTER 1995 – 2006 / Private collection / © The artist

Robert MacPherson, Australia b.1937 / MAYFAIR: SIX FOR BUBBLES, EASTER 1995 – 2006 / Private collection / © The artist.

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