Green Goddess (2021). Acrylic and oil on canvas 155 x 125 cms.

Jim McLean's work combines contemporary figurative painting with an emotional salvo of colour. His paintings are sometimes darkly meditative, frequently fiery.
His wholly unique vision whisks figurative flavours with the powerful subliminal influence of colour.
The excitement comes from the honesty of the painting,  our conversation with the figures and the vibrations of the paint .
His 2017 self portrait The Artist And His Dog was commended in the prestigious Ruth Borchard self portrait competition and now features in the Ruth Borchard Next Generation Collection, the premier contemporary collection of self portraits in the UK. 
McLean gained an MA Honours from Glasgow University, where his tutor was Professor Edwin Morgan (Scotland's first Poet Laureate) and excelled as a journalist and writer before developing his career as an artist.
Photography played an early part in his practice and portraits of the artist Alison Watt and actor Peter Capaldi - famous for his role as tv's Dr Who - feature in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London, Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery. His portrait of the renown Scottish painter Mary Armour is held the collection of  Paisley Museums. 
His paintings have been shortlisted for the celebrated John Moores exhibition and other recent shows of note include Figurative Art Now, Mall Galleries, London (2021); Safe House, London, (2021); ING Discerning Eye (2020); Omnibus, London (2020); Flowers, London; The  Ruth Borchard self portrait exhibition, Piano Nobile Gallery, London (2017);  Not The RA at Llewellyn Alexander, London (2018); and All Can Be Frida, Shoreditch, London (2019).  
McLean is based in London, where he studied at the cutting edge Turps Painting School. 

And looking ahead into 2022, his self portrait Exuder has been shortlisted for the inaugural Sequested Prize.

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COLLECTIONSThe National Portrait Gallery, London. Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow. The Ruth Borchard  Next Generation Collection. Scottish Opera, Glasgow. Private collections.

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