AboutThe Fleming Collection is staging a major retrospective of Will Maclean's work. Born in Inverness in 1947, Maclean is internationally recognized as a foremost exponent of box construction art. Using found objects which he deconstructs and reconstructs in a display of visual thinking that is compelling, Maclean has developed a unique visual and poetic language. Reductive and honed, his metaphorical art is based on the histories and mythologies of those who live and work by the sea. His deep interest in Highland culture reaches out to universal themes of navigation, emigration, whaling and fishing, and global exploration. There is always strong narrative contained in these fascinating works, though immediate interpretations can be elusive.
He has exhibited widely since 1967 in both group and solo exhibitions and a major work was acquired for the new Scottish Parliament building and commissioned sculptures and collaborative works can be seen in Skye, Lewis and elsewhere in Scotland. The exhibition will be accompanied by a new publication.