The idea of art as an expressive tool is at the heart of Northland artist Scott McFarlane’s oeuvre. Whether communicated consciously or sub-consciously, McFarlane’s work provides the viewer with a glimpse into the external influences, environmental cues, and moments of piqued interest, all infiltrating his artistic practice with humour, beauty and pathos. Indeed, the everyday forms the basis of McFarlane’s paintings of lush, green landscapes, graphic illustrated ceramic tiles or abstract, surreal-like dreamscapes. This influence is manifest across the different media and McFarlane exploits the intricacies and characteristics of each for full effect, evidenced by adept technical skills and historical knowledge. (Source: Whitespace Contemporary Art)

McFarlane was born in Wellington in 1966 and lives in Northland. He completed a Diploma of Fine Arts, (Honours) Otago School of Art in 1993. He has exhibited regularly in New Zealand in private and public galleries and has works in numerous private and public collections. He is teaching the visual arts degree in painting at Kerikeri Polytechnic.