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Focus on McLean

Bruce McLean (born 1944, United Kingdom)
Eye-I, 1993

Focus on McLean

Each month we take a closer look at one of our Broadgate artists; this month is the turn of Bruce McLean, the artist who created Eye-I, located just outside 199 Bishopsgate. 


If you’re hoping for a spot of light hearted romance during February, make a date to stroll along Bishopsgate to meet up with Eye-I by Bruce McLean. Glamorously female and full of fun, this curvy sculpture forms the outline of a female face. Look again, could she be blowing a kiss and giving a cheeky wink?

Bruce McLean trained as a sculptor under Sir Anthony Caro, gaining inspiration not only from the sculpture produced but from the act of sculpting itself. Described as one of the most important artists of his generation, McLean is also well known for his witty and varied performance art. Often adapting a satirical approach to the art world, his oeuvre has evolved to combine paintings, photographs, paintings, films and ceramics, all presented to the viewer with his distinctive voice.

McLean studied at Glasgow School of Art and at St Martin's School of Art in London between 1961 and 1966. He was awarded the Sainsbury Award for Sculpture in 1966, the DAAD Fellowship Award in 1981, the John Moores Painting Prize in 1985 and has also held several academic posts, notably Professor of Fine Arts at the Slade School of Fine Art in London to 2012. Public commissions include those undertaken for London's Royal Festival Hall in 1988 and the Royal Museum of Scotland in 1991. McLean is based in London. You can read McLean’s full biography here.

If you’d like to see more of McLean’s work, visit Leeds Art Gallery to see Beyond the Pose from 14 February to 11 May. The exhibition provides a unique opportunity to see works that have not been exhibited together before from the last 50 years. This exhibition is in partnership with Firstsite, Colchester and will open there on 13 June to 31 August 2014.

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