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Bruce McLean at Bernard Jacobson Gallery

Scottish artist Bruce McLean is back in London with his new work ‘A Hot Sunset and Shade Paintings’ at Bernard Jacobson Gallery, in a new exhibition on display now until 28th January 2017. Action sculptor, painter and ceramicist, Bruce McLean is featuring works produced over the past year in his studio in west London, including six ‘Shade’ paintings and a group of new mono-prints on wood.

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The youngest artist ever to have a retrospective at The Tate, at the age of 27, McLean is an acclaimed British artist known for bringing a unique sense of questioning playfulness to his work. With works ranging from paintings and ceramics to innovative work with film and theatre, his approach is a radical interpretation of art, always pushing the boundaries of sculpture and performance in a way that seems to come naturally only to him.

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McLean’s form of experimental action-based work continues to evolve to this day, although he does not see himself as a performance artist but as ‘a sculptor who makes live work’ commenting, ‘I was trying to develop the nature of what sculpture could be. I’d rather be thought of as a dancer than as a performance artist – and I’m a very good dancer.’

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This exhibition includes the ‘Shade’ Paintings, a series of vivid works which explore light and shadow, as well as the six-metre long minimalist ‘Sunset’ paintings and a group of new mono-prints on wood.

Bruce Mclean, Shade Painting Burgundy, 2016, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 265 x 265 cm, Courtesy of Bernard Jacobson Gallery.
Bruce Mclean, Shade Painting Burgundy, 2016, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 265 x 265 cm, Courtesy of Bernard Jacobson Gallery.
Bruce Mclean, Shade Painting Purple, 2016, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 265 x 265cm, courtesy of Bernard Jacobson Gallery.
Bruce Mclean, Shade Painting Purple, 2016, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 265 x 265cm, courtesy of Bernard Jacobson Gallery.
Bruce McLean, Shade Painting Red, 2016, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 265 x 265 cm, Courtesy of Bernard Jacobson Gallery.
Bruce McLean, Shade Painting Red, 2016, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 265 x 265 cm, Courtesy of Bernard Jacobson Gallery.
Bruce Mclean, Shade Painting Yellow, 2016, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 265 x 265, Courtesy of Bernard Jacobson Gallery.
Bruce Mclean, Shade Painting Yellow, 2016, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 265 x 265, Courtesy of Bernard Jacobson Gallery.
Bruce Mclean, Shade Painting Yellow, 2016, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 265 x 265, Courtesy of Bernard Jacobson Gallery.
Bruce Mclean, Shade Painting Yellow, 2016, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 265 x 265, Courtesy of Bernard Jacobson Gallery.

A bit of humour is what we need, especially at this tender time of the year. If it’s blended with McLean’s virtuoso technique and dramatic use of colour, the result could not be better: Exactly what we expect from the artist who proclaimed, ‘I like the idea of Barnett Newman in collision with Liberace’.

Bruce McLean
A Hot Sunset and Shade Paintings
Now on until 28th January, 2017

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Bernard Jacobson Gallery
28 Duke Street
St James’s
London
SW1Y 6AG