Use Of Force If Necessary
Oil on canvas
20 x 26 inches
Ian McLean holds a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from the University of Guelph and has exhibited at several galleries throughout Ontario and in other parts of Canada including Loop Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, The Glenhyrst Art Gallery, Forest City Gallery, The Art Gallery of Peterborough, and The Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery. He is the recipient of multiple Ontario Arts Council Visual Artist Grants and was recently a contestant on the inaugural season of CBC’s “Landscape Artist of the Year: Canada”. His work is held in private and corporate collections across the country and internationally.
I paint images of semi urban residential environments. The settings are sometimes familiar but are usually imagined places. Colour is otherworldly, landscaping efforts seem redundant, and home decor sometimes pushes boundaries of taste. Manipulated and often distorted natural environments serve to contrast a presence of architectural order and solemnity. Implied narratives in the settings are intended to suggest a duality of control and disruption in utopian pursuits.