Robert McLeod

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1948


  • 2002
  • Oil on plywood with casters
  • Gift of the artist and Campbell Grant Galleries, 2009
  • 1510 x 535 x 375mm
  • 2009/005

McLeod’s works are always physically aggressive, and many of his wall-based paintings have a strongly sculptural feel. With Ringmaster, and the other freestanding cut-out works that accompanied it, McLeod brought his paintings down onto the floor, directly invading the viewer’s personal space with all the bawdy humour and drama of the circus.