Exhibition review: John McLean

 

When I went to London as a student in 1979, one of the first things I did was look up John McLean, a London-based Scottish painter.  (I’d seen his work already at the Fruitmarket Gallery, in a show for which the American critic Clement Greenberg had written an introduction:  John’s painting was avant-garde and colour-based, the cutting edge of British painting at the time.)  Now 71, John is having his first sculpture show which can be seen – along with a number of paintings – at Bourne Fine Art in Dundas Street until 3 April.  The sculptures all involve colour cutting into space:  Polychromy in sculpture never died out, but since Cubism it has had new vigour”, John has said.  “No matter what the medium, I work towards such an interdependence of parts that nothing could be added or taken away – a kind of absolute.  When it happens, the eye and the spirit join up…”

 

 

John McLean: Traffic Yellow, 2009  Steel and aluminium, h.260cm

John McLean: Traffic Yellow, 2009 Steel and aluminium, h.260cm

 

10. March 2010 by jfurnes1
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