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John McLean - Passing Through


Wed 18 Nov 2015, 9:30am–5:30pm
Thu 19 Nov 2015, 9:30am–5:30pm
Fri 20 Nov 2015, 9:30am–5:30pm
Sat 21 Nov 2015, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sun 22 Nov 2015, 11:00am–4:00pm

Where: Artis Gallery, 280 Parnell Rd, Parnell, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: ArtisGallery

John McLean’s paintings have been described as pseudo-surrealist, drawing on a rich visual vocabulary that is inspired by his early foray into landscape painting and the north Taranaki countryside where he has resided for the last 35 years.

Fascinated by Jungian notions, McLean explores the individual and collective unconscious and the age-old archetypes of humanity that are found in folklore, myth and traditional tales.

In 2011 McLean was the recipient of the Waikato Society of Arts NZ Painting and Printmaking Award (the Vela Award). Judge Warwick Brown selected his painting ‘Dinghy and Waka with Unstable Foreshore Structures’ from the works of 52 finalists.

John McLean’s work enjoys widespread appeal amongst art historians, dealers and admirers alike, who appreciate his work both for its aesthetic qualities, as well as its deeper meanings and associations.

Today McLean lives with his wife on a coastal farmlet, in a self-built house, studio and workshop. He is adamant that this context gives his creativity both nourishment and a firm grounding.

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