In an age where many contemporary painters draw inspiration from photography and advertising, it is refreshing and rare to find a former photographer with a unique painterly vision.
Jim 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 - first as a photographer and then an oil painter.
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, widely acknowledged as the premier contemporary collection of self portraits in the UK.
His work as a photographer has also received acclaim. Portraits, including 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, and Paisley Museums. Other private collectors in the UK and USA include members of the bands Love and Money and Wet Wet Wet.
Shortlisted for the John Moores 2018 exhibition, recent exhibitions include Flowers, London, The 2017 Ruth Borchard self portrait exhibition at Piano Nobile Gallery, London, Not The RA at Llewellyn Alexander, London, and All Can Be Frida in London, 2018.
Sometimes, McLean revisits memory for inspiration - his self portrait The Artist And His Dog was inspired by a personal watershed moment in the 1990s and the small series Dead Friends reflects wryly on change, loss, the passage of time and the mechanics of memory itself.
Jim McLean is based in London.
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BASED: London, UK.
EXHIBITED: Glasgow, London, New York.
COLLECTIONS: The National Portrait Gallery, London. Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow. The Ruth Borchard Next Generation Collection. Scottish Opera, Glasgow. Private collections UK and USA.
THANKS: Scottish Arts Council.
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