ARTISTS Bios and Information

Bruce McLean

Bruce McLean is a Scottish sculptor, performance artist and a filmmaker. He was born in 1944 and has lived and worked in London. He studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1961 to 1963 and went to St. Martin’s in London between 1963 to 1966, where he was taught by Anthony Caro. He was given a one-day retrospective King for a Day, in 1972 at the Tate Gallery at the age of 27, and in 1985 was awarded the John Moored prize for painting. After St. Martin’s, McLean went onto teaching at numerous art schools, including The Slade School of Art where he became a Head of Graduate Painting from 2000 to 2010. He was very bold and had a confident approach to printmaking which proved influential to his contemporaries and also to generations of younger artists.

McLean is one of the contemporary British Artist and having led the development of Conceptual art in Britain in the 1960s. He has worked outside in the urban and suburban landscape, his work has exceptionally sent up the pompousness of the art world and mocked established art farms. In the late 1960s, McLean practice continues to be in a permanent state of movement and invention in a range of media such as painting, printmaking, film, sculpture, photography and live work. His work seeks to challenge the concept of sculpture and indeed of art, by creating work that questions establishment thoughts such as materials and methods of display. In 2014, saw two major exhibitions exploring his work at Leeds Art Gallery and Colchester, followed by numerous solo exhibitions in both Europe and North America in private and public collections.