A selection of works by Angus McDonald on display at Tweed Regional Gallery

Angus McDonald is one of the most successful and accomplished artists living in the Northern Rivers region.

Based in Lennox Head, McDonald is a highly respected artist of national repute. He was awarded a Brett Whiteley Scholarship 20 years ago and since then he has exhibited throughout Australia and around the globe – from Europe and the UK, the United States and Japan. He has been a finalist in numerous National Art Prizes including Australia’s biggest portrait competition, the Archibald Prize, where he has been selected as a finalist on four occasions, most recently for his portrait of West Australian singer songwriter Abbe May in 2015.

Gallery Director Susi Muddiman says, “The Tweed Regional Gallery is proud to present McDonald’s 30th solo exhibition titled white noise. This selection of works will provide visitors with just a glimpse of his extraordinary skill and experience.

The term “white noise” refers to the background noises of our existence, the noises of the in-between, the noises we never really get a chance to contemplate in busy lives.

McDonald said: “The work explores moments of realisation and loss. The two large figurative works on display in the exhibition were based on photographic shoots undertaken in my studio. My partner Beata modelled for one of the major works. For the other, I set up a single Pieta image carefully configured to approximate Michelangelo’s sculpture in St Peter’s. It’s a classical Christian image but I think of it as something more universal. It deals with loss and a senseless death occasioned by fearful violence and prejudice. This is a lesson we are as yet unable to learn as a race”.

“I guess becoming a dad again has brought me home! I’ve lived in this area for 15 years so exhibiting locally is pretty special; especially at an amazing gallery like the Tweed Regional Gallery. If you placed the gallery, complete with the Margaret Olley Art Centre, in the middle of New York or London it would be constantly busy. It’s a world class facility.”

white noise will be on display from 4 March – 1 May 2016.

Official Opening:

You are warmly invited to attend the exhibition opening by Susi Muddiman OAM, Gallery Director, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre tonight (Friday 4 March) at 6pm (for 6.30pm) DST