Ian McLean’s Misbehaving Modernist Oils


Ian McLean’s mid-century modernist oils are claiming attention.  The Sarnia, Ontario high school art teacher has an exhibition-filled C.V.  and a way with paint that marks him as a talent to watch. His imagery has a 1960s feel but his color palette is more pop art/post impressionistic.


I choose to paint with oil.  It is fluid and messy and it often does not behave.  It is a rather serious medium with an enormous history but I like to coax and cajole and use it to render images that are at once irreverent and laden with serious subtext. –Artist statement





Ian McLean’s website, here.


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    • That’s a difficult palette, no? Takes a lot of skill. A Globe & Mail critic a few years ago loved McLean’s work but said the works looked like they’d been “dipped in acid.”


      • I should show you the blanket for my bed that I’m knitting right now – lots of these colors. Thank God the lights are out when we sleep or I’d never drift off – LOL!


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