Jim McLean


Jim McLean was six when first transfixed by art - Dali's Christ of St John Of The Cross. Today, his own powerful atmospheric paintings explore a similar psychological space where sensuality, figuration and the subconscious meet. Collectors have included musicians from Scottish rock giants Wet Wet Wet and Love And Money. His work features in The National Portrait Gallery (London) and Kelvingrove Art Gallery (Glasgow). Self taught, his early practice included photography. A commission from Glasgow’s StreetLevel Gallery led to portraits of artist Alison Watt and actor Peter Capaldi (a Dr Who) grabbing attention and an exhibition in London's Flowers Gallery. Twice Journalist Of The Year, with an MA in English, McLean moved to London to raise a young family. He wrote a novel: How To Bring A Boyfriend Back From The Dead, and built a studio. In 2017 his first self portrait The Artist And His Dog joined the Ruth Borchard Next Generation Collection. Since then, McLean has graduated from the cutting edge Turps painting school and exhibited in prestigious shows including: Figurative Art Now, Mall Galleries, London and ING Discerning Eye. He was shortlisted for the John Moores Prize exhibition (2021) and is a Sequested Prize finalist (2022). McLean's painting can be disarming. His gaze can seem uncomfortable. The humour is dry. He especially admires the work of David Lynch, whose disquieting, dreamlike movies hint that dark and mysterious currents are at work behind the scenes.

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