Throughout his life John McLean (1939–2019) held an unfettered passion for colour and the art of abstraction which he engaged in as a painter for over 50 years. Art Space Gallery is delighted to present this memorial exhibition of his paintings. This exhibition is not intended to be a retrospective, more a spontaneous bringing together of some of John’s very best paintings, old and new, in a spirit of celebration. Spanning forty years or more, grand compositions will sit alongside small intimate and lyrical works and free-flowing works on paper. There is no claim to be comprehensive; it is more a call to all who care about painting to reaffirm John McLean as an important and inspirational figure in British art.

John McLean: Being John McLean - A Memorial Exhibition (2019)


Includes essays by Elizabeth Cowling, John Elderfield, Andrew Lambirth, Duncan Macmillan, Richard Morphet, Sarah Whitfield and Chris Yetton.

To find out more about the artist and the exhibition view the press release. 

Browse the online exhibition catalogue.