Wilson McLean: A Decade in Paint

February 3 – March 11, 2018

Reception: Saturday, February 10, 4 – 6 PM


Artist Talk: Saturday, February 10, 2 PM

Wilson McLean: A Decade in Paint – This survey exhibition will feature outstanding examples of McLean’s landscape and figurative paintings from the past decade. McLean has had a distinguished career as an artist and teacher and his work is represented in the collection of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. as well as other important museums and private collections in Europe and the USA.


I have spent most of my working life as an illustrator. I came to the U.S. in 1966 to compete in a field which was rich with talent at the time.

Painting always interested me and influenced my illustration, so when not illustrating, I was painting. I worked for clients such as Time and Esquire and illustrated book covers, movie posters and advertising–the output was very eclectic. Gradually computers and digital work were more widely used in the field and I became less interested and the business reflected that back.

This shift in the field left me with more time to paint and the freedom to choose my own subject matter. The dilemma for some artists is “what do I want to paint?” This can be a difficulty, particularly if you are one who is used to dealing with assignments, perhaps like a journalist might struggle with a novel.

The question of subject matter has been the challenge for me and still is, as you can see in the wide variety of my interests, reflected in the work in this exhibition.

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.


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