Artist Profiles

Bruce McLean

Born 1944 Glasgow, Scotland

Bruce McLean is one of the major figures of contemporary British Art. He studied at Glasgow school of art and at St. Martin's in London, later teaching at the Slade school of art.

His early reputation arose from his activities as a sculptor involved in performance art. He has obtained international recognition for his paintings and prints, work with film theatre and books. Bruce's bold and confident approach to art has been influential to his contemporaries and also to a generation of younger artists.

Recently he has been involved with Architectural projects with Will Alsop.

He has had numerous one man exhibitions including Tate Gallery in London, The Modern Art Gallery in Vienna and Museum of Modern Art, Oxford. In 1985 he won the John Moores Painting Prize.

Locus+ have a long-standing relationship with Bruce McLean, having commissioned several performances over the years; Action at a Distance, 1980 (The Basement Group); Breaks on the Bridge, 1983; Good Violence and Physical Manners Pts. I and II (both Projects UK); and an edition of four lithographs co-published with Charlotte Press in 1986. 

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