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7.11.11

ARTISTS: JOHN MCLEAN

 BOOK COVER: WRITTEN BY IAN COLLINS

 'RED LICHTIE' 2006

'DANCER' 2004 POULSEN GALLERY

'COMMOVENTE' 1977

Mr McLean may not be a house hold name but we'd happily admit he's one of our favourites and as the Tate have purchased some of pieces recently, there's a good chance we may hear much more about him in the future, even at the tender age of 71. 

Our first John McLean purchase was in the summer of 2007 and since then have go on to purchase 5 more, varying in size from 3'' x 4'' to 63'' x 36''. The simple movement of the shapes, the softness of the paint mixed with the bright colours were the main reasons we were drawn to the paintings. His paintings are summed up perfectly in his own words below.

'My pictures have no hidden meaning. To understand all you have to do is look. Everything works only in relation to everything else in the painting. If you mull over a part at a time, you still take in the rest peripherally. Looking triggers imagination and association.' JOHN MCLEAN

A new book about his life and works is now available: http://www.amazon.co.uk/John-McLean-Ian-Collins/dp/184822012X/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1320795742&sr=8-3