Biography for Bruce McLean (1944)
Bruce McLean, who is a major figure in Contemporary British Art. Born in 1944 he studied at Glasgow School of Art and at St. Martin's in London where he was taught by Sir Anthony Caro. It is here he learnt to be rigorous and questioning in his approach. In 1972 he was given a one day retrospective at the Tate Gallery at the tender age of 27, titled King for a Day.
One can only describe McLean’s work in a multiple of ways as it is in a permanent state of movement and invention. McLean’s bold and confident approach to printmaking proved influential to his contemporaries and a generation of younger artists alike. He has obtained international recognition for not only his paintings and prints, but also sculpture, his work with film, photography, ceramics, theatre and books.
Bruce McLean’s artworks as his art is in private and public collections world-wide including the Tate Gallery, Arts Council of Great Britain, The V & A Museum, and the National Museum of Modern Art, Edinburgh. He has also enjoyed numerous solo exhibitions in Europe, North America, and Japan.
After St. Martin's, McLean went on to teach at various art schools including The Slade, where he became Head of Graduate Painting (2002-2010). Now approaching his seventh decade McLean’s energy, vision and work ethic remain undimmed. His work was part of the Tate’s ‘Conceptual Art in Britain 1964-1979’ exhibition in 2016.