Scottish-born Bruce McLean studied at Glasgow School of Art before training as a sculptor at London’s Central St Martins during the 1960s alongside Barry Flanagan (see his Leaping Hare on Crescent and Bell around the corner in Broadgate Circle). Gaining inspiration from the act of sculpting itself, McLean abandoned traditional studio artwork in favour of transient sculptures created from materials such as water and foliage.
Well-known for his performance art, McLean often adopts a satirical approach to the art world, presenting his varied pieces with humour and joy. Now dedicated to his ongoing studio practice, McLean was the subject of a recent retrospective at Colchester’s Firstsite Gallery.
Photograh courtesey Alexandria Savege