Bruce McLean



Exit the Model, 1982, acrylic and chalk on canvas

Found in Leeds Art Gallery, the description adds some contextual goodness:

‘From the ’60s onwards McLean had developed a practice centred on performance which took a subversive approach to formalist academicism of an earlier generation by de-materializing it.  From the ’70s he turned increasingly to painting, adopting a witty and subversive parody of current expressionistic styles while continuing to incorporate familiar and frequently used images from a repertoire of forms.  Ghost-like and schematic, his figures engage in a ritual-like game with rules known only to them.’


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