• John Mclean 约翰·麦克林

    Colour is at the root of all John McLean's paintings. He worked on a large scale, painting spontaneously onto the canvas using fluid paints to make abstract and rhythmic compositions that suggest light and space. The artist's shapes became more formal throughout his lifetime, introducing a minor degree of narrative, meaning any shape could be open to interpretation as a sign or metaphor. McLean regarded the abstract elements in his work as being informed by external experience and having an emotional dimension.

  • Education

    1957-1962 University of St Andrews, St Andrews, UK

    1963-1966 Courtauld Institute of Art, London, England


    Selected Solo exhibition

    2021 John McLean: Forza: Works on paper, The Fine Art Society, Edinburgh John McLean: Forza: Prints, The Fine Art Society, London

    2020 Lighthouse: Go Back to John McLean and his time, LAN Gallery, Shenzhen Becoming John McLean, PIFO Gallery, Beijing

    2019 Being John McLean (1939-2019): A Memorial Exhibition, Art Space Gallery, London John McLean: Behind the Mirror, The Fine Art Society, Edinburgh

    2018 John McLean: The Boston Pictures 1982, The Fine Art Society, Edinburgh Encounters: John McLean · Wang Jian, PIFO Gallery, Beijing

    2017 Like Singing and Dancing: John McLean’s Abstract Painting, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou

    2016 Like Singing and Dancing: John McLean’s Abstract Painting 1969-, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing Maddox Arts, London The Cut Arts Centre, Halesworth, Suffolk

    2014 Norwich Cathedral, Norwich Cross Street Gallery, London

    2013 The Fine Art Society, London

    2011 Cross Street Gallery, London

    2010 Jesus College, Cambridge Bourne Fine Art Gallery, Edinburgh School House Gallery, Norfolk

    2009 Broadbent Gallery, London Poussin Gallery, London

    2008 Cross Street Gallery, London

    2007 Broadbent Gallery, London Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London Poussin Gallery, London

    2006 Cross Street Gallery, London Flowers East, London

    2005 Flowers, New York

    2003 Flowers Central, London Bourne Fine Art Gallery, Edinburgh Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh

    2000 Flowers East, London Flowers Graphics, London Bourne Fine Art Gallery, Edinburgh Flowers East, London Art Placement Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

    1999 Flowers East, London Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

    1998 Francis Graham-Dixon Gallery, London Bourne Fine Art Gallery, Edinburgh

    1997 Francis Graham-Dixon Gallery, London

    1994 Francis Graham-Dixon Gallery, London Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh

    1991 Francis Graham-Dixon Gallery, London

    1989 Francis Graham-Dixon Gallery, London

    1988 Kapil Jariwala Gallery, New York Francis Graham-Dixon Gallery, London

    1987 Kapil Jariwala Gallery, London

    1986 Department of Architecture, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh 1985 Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh

    1984 Martin Gerrard Gallery, Edmonton,

    1983 Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London

    1982 Artspace Galleries, Aberdeen Byck Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky

    1981 Art Placement Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

    1980 Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London

    1978 House Gallery, London

    1975 Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh




    2021 Listing, PIFO Gallery, Beijing St Ives & Modern British 2021, Belgrave St. Ives, St. Ives Modern, The Fine Art Society, Edinburgh

    2020 Christmas, The Fine Art Society, Edinburgh Reduct: Abstraction and Geometry in Contemporary Scottish Art,Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 50 Years, Flowers Gallery, London

    2019 Summer Exhibition 2019, Gallery Ⅲ, London Abstract Art 12, PIFO Gallery, Beijing Small is Beautiful. XXXVII, Flowers, London

    2018 Resonance: John McLean & Tan Ping, DE Gallery, Xiamen PERFECT: Buddhism and Art, PUTIAN Art Museum, FuJian

    2017 Decade: Abstract Art 10, PIFO Gallery, Beijing

    2016 Poetic Community, The Art Space of the Comprehensive Cultural Platform in the Bonded Area, Xiamen

    2015 Construction Industry, APT Gallery, London Stockwell Depot 1967-1979, University of Greenwich Galleries, London

    2014 APT group show, Pulchri Gallery, The Hague, Netherlands

    2013 Masterpieces, Art and East Anglia Sainsbury Centre UEA Norwich, Nowich Three Modern British Artists: Roger Hilton, John McLean, John Wells, Wilson Stephens & Jones, London

    2011 Talbert McLean and John McLean (father and son), Bourne Fine Art Gallery, Edinburgh Colour and Substance, Poussin Gallery, London Invaluable, APT Gallery, London

    2009 Northern Print Biennale, Newcastle

    2008 Form and Space, Poussin Gallery, London

    2007 Select, Bourne Fine Art Gallery, Edinburgh

    2006 Seventies Abstract Painting, Part II, Poussin Gallery, London

    1996 The Jerwood Painting Prize, Lethaby Galleries, London

    1994 British Abstract Art, Part I Painting, Flowers East, London Lead and Follow, the Continuity of Abstraction, Robert Loder Collection, London Paintmarks, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge

    1993 British Contemporary Art, Kultur Abteilung Bayer, Leverkusen

    1989 John Moore’s Liverpool Exhibition, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool Group show, Galerie d’ Art Stewart Hall, Montreal

    1982 The Heritage of Jack Bush, a tribute, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Ottawa Recent British Painting, small works, a selection by Tim Hilton, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

    1980 Hayward Annual, Hayward Gallery, London The New Generation, a curator’s choice, André Emmerich Gallery, New York

    1979 Festival Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

    1977 British Painting 1952-1977, The Royal Academy of Arts, London Four Abstract Artists, the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

    1976 New Painting and Sculpture, Stockwell Depot, London

    1974 British Painting ’74, Hayward Gallery, London

    1971 Cézanne is the Father of Modern Painting, Serpentine Gallery, London Big Paintings for Public Places, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

    1970 London Group 1970, Member’s Choice, RA Galleries, Burlington House, London

    1966 Exhibition of Kinetic Art, Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry



    Light house· go back to John Mclean and his time

    John Mclean

    2020.10.8 - 2020.12.06