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Ian McLean

Artist member since 2019
Bright's Grove, Ontario

In his oil paintings, Ian presents otherworldly depictions of imagined residential environments – both interior and exterior. Implied narratives in the settings are intended to suggest notions of control, order, and disruption in utopian pursuits.

Ian has been the recipient of multiple Ontario Arts Council Visual Artist grants and was recently a contestant on the inaugural season of the reality television series “Landscape Artist of the Year: Canada”. Based in southern Ontario, he studied at the University of Guelph and has exhibited extensively in Toronto and throughout Ontario. A former member of Loop Gallery his work is held in collections across Canada and internationally.


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Best season of the year in Toronto

I love Toronto in the summertime - especially in the early summer when the patios open . . .sigh . . .

Favourite musical artist / band right now

I have been a longtime Radiohead fan and have been rediscovering T-Rex.

I'm really good at making (a) ...

My New York Times No Knead bread is stunning but anybody can do it.

What artists do you admire right now?

I love the paintings of Jonas Wood and Hurvin Anderson. Their use of colour inspires me.

Favourite medium

I am a veteran oil painter. I have been painting in oil since I was a child but I sometimes still feel a little out of control with it which is very appealing. I like that it can be smeared, piled, dripped and scraped and the smell still drives me wild after so many years.

What kind of artwork do you have in your home?

My daughter is also an artist. She is a painter, photographer, and sculptor and we have a lot of work by her. I also collect work done by friends.

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Upcoming Exhibitions
2020-11-26

Art Gallery of Peterborough
"Presently"

Select Past Exhibitions
2019

Gallery in the Grove
The Same Things At The Same Time

2018

Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna, BC
Informal Observations

2017

Sarnia, ON
Elusive Utopia

2016

CFA Gallery, Toronto
Recent Work

2013

Loop Gallery, Toronto
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Accolades
2020

contestant
Landscape Artist of the Year: Canada (Makeful TV, CBC)

2019

Ontario Arts Council
Visual Artist Creation Project

2015

Ontario Arts Council
Visual Artist: Mid-Career Grant

Press
2018

catalogue essay, John Kissick
Cruel Aspirations: Some Thoughts on 'Elusive Utopia'

2015

Globe & Mail
"City of Art at Gallery 1313", Dave LeBlanc

Education
1989

University of Guelph
BA (Studio Art)

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