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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 CBC 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. Ian is a member of the international jury for the Prisma Art Prize based in Rome.


Inside the Studio


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.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Visual Arts Mississauga, Ontario


Art Gallery of Peterborough

Select Past Exhibitions

Gallery in the Grove
The Same Things At The Same Time


Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna, BC
Informal Observations


Sarnia, ON
Elusive Utopia


CFA Gallery, Toronto
Recent Work


Loop Gallery, Toronto


Prisma Art Prize, Rome


Prisma Art Prize, Rome


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


Ontario Arts Council
Visual Artist Creation Project


Ontario Arts Council
Visual Artist: Mid-Career Grant


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


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


University of Guelph
BA (Studio Art)

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