Wilson McLean: A Decade in Paint

Filed in Upcoming Exhibitions by on November 2, 2017
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February 3 – March 11, 2018

Reception: Saturday, February 10, 4 – 6 PM


Artist Talk: Saturday, February 10, 2 PM

Wilson McLean began his career in a London silkscreen studio at fifteen. Born in Scotland, he moved to London at the age of ten where he attended various art schools at night while working on the staff of magazines and design studios. This exposed him to the work of American artists and convinced him that eventually he would go to America. At twenty-three, Wilson moved to Copenhagen and the beginning of study and serious work. After a period of time working in Spain, he returned to London for several years before deciding to move to New York.

After establishing himself in New York City he had a one man show followed by two annual summer workshops in Zurich, working on lithographs, culminating in a one man show of lithographs and paintings. During the years he has participated in group shows in New York and other parts of the country. He is represented at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., as well as the Air and Space Museum in London in the London Transport Museum Permanent Poster Collection. In 1985, to commemorate European Music Year, Great Britain commissioned McLean to design and illustrate five stamps for a special edition of British composers. In 1989 he had a one man show in Savannah, Georgia. He designed a set of Broadway musical stamps for the United States Postal Service. The Oklahoma! stamp is on display at the National Postal Museum. He contributed to an exhibition and book for the United Nations Environment Program, titled “Art for Survival.”

Next came a children’s book called “If The Earth, A Small Look at a Big Thing,” published by the Greenwich Workshop Press which features eighteen paintings. In the year 2000, for the Millennium,Great Britain commissioned a stamp based on the Pilgrims journey to the New World, which was one of a number produced by such people as Hockney and Eduardo Paolozzi.

His teaching has included Syracuse University, The School of Visual Arts, Kent State University,Savannah College of Art, Ringling Brothers in Florida, as well as workshops throughout the United States.

2018 Solo Shows were selected by juror Kenise Barnes, Director and owner of Kenise Barnes Fine Art. 

One of benefits of WAAM membership is the opportunity to apply for a one-person exhibition in our solo gallery. Artists selected for Solo Shows have the opportunity to present a focused body of work and to make a significant statement of the issues and aesthetics that drive their practice. Submissions to Solo Shows take place each year in September for the following year’s schedule of exhibitions. A distinguished arts professional is invited each year to curate the annual selections. Applications are open to all artists within a 50 mile radius of Woodstock. Artists selected for a solo show must have a paid-in-full WAAM membership following notification of their acceptance.