Bruce McLean

born 1944

Biography

Bruce McLean, 'Pose Work for Plinths 3' 1971
Bruce McLean
Pose Work for Plinths 3 1971
© Bruce McLean

Bruce McLean (born 1944) is a Scottish sculptor, performance artist and painter.

McLean was born in Glasgow and studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1961 to 1963, and at Saint Martin's School of Art, London, from 1963 to 1966. At Saint Martin's, McLean studied with Anthony Caro and Phillip King. In reaction to what he regarded as the academicism of his teachers he began making sculpture from rubbish.

McLean has gained international recognition for his paintings, ceramics, prints, work with film, theatre and books. McLean was Head of Graduate Painting at The Slade School of Fine Art London 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.

Mclean lives and works in London.

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Video

TateShots: Bruce McLean

Artist Bruce McLean talks to TateShots at his London studio.