Artwork Description / Detail
Bruce McLean (b. 1944) was born in Glasgow and studied at Glasgow School of Art (1961-3) and
at Saint Martin’s School of Art, London (1963-6) where his teachers included Sir Anthony Caro.
At Saint Martin’s students were encouraged to question the nature of sculpture, and McLean responded by using rubbish and impermanent materials. He went on to play a leading part in the development of Conceptual art in Britain in the 1960s. His range of media has included painting, printmaking, sculpture, film, photography, drawing and performance art, frequently characterized by wit and challenging the concepts of art, while the making of prints and posters has been an important influence on his sculptural work.
After St. Martin’s, McLean taught at the Slade School of Fine Art, where he became Head of Graduate Painting (2002-2010). His work is in private and public collections, including the Tate Gallery, Arts Council of Great Britain, Victoria & Albert Museum, the National Museum of Modern Art, Edinburgh and the British Council, and he has had numerous one man shows in Europe, North America and Japan. He has been included in many major international exhibitions, among them When Attitudes Become Form, KunstHalle, Bern (1969), The British Avant Garde , New York Cultural Centre , New York (1971), Documenta 6, Kassel (1977), New Art, Tate Gallery, London (1983), The Critical Eye, Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven (1984), 11 European Painters, National Gallery, Athens (1985), and British Art in the 20th Century, Royal Academy of Arts, London (1987). Most recently, he was included in the Tate’s Conceptual Art in Britain 1964-1979 (2016).
- Richard Wolfe