Stage and Costume Designs

February 21 – April 1, 2014

Macfarlane/Exhibition 1
Macfarlane/Exhibition 2
Macfarlane/Exhibition 3
Macfarlane/Exhibition 4
Macfarlane/Exhibition 5

Elektra. Male Servants I and II    

Gouache, watercolor, red chalk on board

13.25" x 16"


Elektra Jewelry & Make-Up          

Gouache, watercolor, crayon on board

10.5" x 15.25"          


Elektra. Aegisth’s Retinue 

Gouache, crayon, watercolor on board

12" x 14.75"

Press Release

John Macfarlane is widely recognized as one of the world's leading designers for opera and ballet; he has worked with all the major opera and ballet companies across the globe, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera, Glyndebourne, Vienna State Opera and our own Lyric Opera in Chicago.

A graduate of Glasgow School of Art, John Macfarlane has also pursued a parallel career in painting, and has exhibited his works in galleries and museums across Europe.  His works are in the collections of many museums, including Albertina, Vienna, National Museum of Wales and Kunsthalle in Nuremberg.

Maya Polsky Gallery presents an exhibition of John Macfarlane's stage and costume designs for his recent productions at Lyric Opera of Chicago:  ELEKTRA, HANSEL AND GRETEL, and this year's upcoming production of RUSALKA (February 22 – March 16, 2014).