Jack McLean and Alice McLean

McLean Bronze

"I approach each bronze wall tile as a still life- a study in color, texture and composition. I want my pieces to look "made" and to retain evidence of my hand and thought."

Jack McLean died in February, 2017. Through a 38 year dialogue with materials, Jack learned when to impose his will and when to listen. Working in series, he found, creates a slowly accumulating momentum, wearing away the non-essential to reveal what is authentic to a personal aesthetic.

Each bronze still life is a one-of-a-kind construction created using a tungsten-inert-gas arc welder, abrasives, grinders, and oxidized with a hot process patina. Antique and glass beads are collected and used as found objects.

Jack was a self-taught studio artist. He worked from his barn studio outside of Chicago with his wife and partner, Alice McLean. The beauty and presence of Jack's work endure along with the memory of him as an outstanding artist and person. He will be greatly missed. Limited pieces of his work are available for sale.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
"A Modern Bestiary," Wustum Museum, Racine, WI, 2002
University of Chicago Center for Advanced Medicine, Chicago, IL
Good Shepherd Hospital, Barrington, IL
Laumier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, MO
City of Orlando Public Art Collection, Orlando, Fl