Bruce McLean (b1944)
Bruce McLean is a leading light in contemporary British Art. Born in 1944 he studied at Glasgow School of Art (1961-63) and at St. Martin’s in London (1963-66), under Anthony Caro, where he rebelled against the teaching methods and took on his own unconventional approach: making sculpture out of rubbish , performance art and producing photographic works in which he often posed. McLean lead the development of Conceptual art in Britain in the 1960s, often working outside in the urban and suburban landscape. All his work brilliantly sent up the pompousness of the art world and mocked established art forms.
He went on to teach at numerous art schools including The Slade School of Fine Art, where he became Head of Graduate Painting (2002-2010). He has obtained international recognition for his paintings and prints, and examples of his work can be found in private and public collections world-wide including the Saatchi Collection, Tate Gallery, Arts Council of Great Britain, Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Museum of Modern Art, Edinburgh. He has had numerous one man shows in both Europe and North America.