AboutBruce McLean is back with his first exhibition of new paintings in more than 20 years.
McLean has exhibited extensively internationally, participating in such seminal exhibitions as New Sprit in Painting at the Royal Academy, London (1981) and Zeitgeist at the Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin 1982. In 1985 he won the John Moore's prize for painting and has been head of graduate painting at the Slade for the last seven years. In 2006 he had a critically acclaimed retrospective (or as he called it Process-spective) at Chelsea space during which he changed the content of the exhibition on a weekly basis. However he has not shown a new group of paintings since his exhibition at the now closed Anthony D'Offay gallery in 1986.
Collectively entitled The Black Garden Paintings", these works are abstracted paintings of his gardens in Barnes and in Menorca, where he spends part of the year, and of his friend's garden also in Barnes. Bright floral colour is contrasted with large areas of black, which add a sinister, polluted cast to the expected beauty of the garden. In a subtle way these works continue McLean's long running concern with environmental issues.