John McLean was born in 1939, and grew up in Scotland. He has won several awards, including an Arts Council Major Award in 1980, has been guest artist at Emma Lake Workshop, and artist in residence at Edinburgh University. In a career spanning four decades he has brought an exceptional talent and intelligence to the pursuit of colour harmony and contrast in abstract painting, and he has become internationally recognised as one of the foremost abstract painters working now.
His numerous solo exhibitions began in 1975 at the Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, and have included shows with Nicola Jacobs Gallery and Kapil Jariwala, London, in the Eighties, and Francis Graham-Dixon Gallery, London, in the Nineties. More recently he has shown regularly with Flowers galleries in London and New York. He also shows with Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh, and Art Placement, Saskatoon, Canada. His work is in numerous public, private, and corporate collections worldwide, including the Tate Gallery, London; the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; Glasgow Museums and Art Galleries; the Hunterian Collection, Glasgow University; Edinburgh City Art Gallery; The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; Southampton Art Gallery; Swindon Art Gallery; and the Macmanus Art Gallery, Dundee.