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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."

Through a 38 year dialogue with materials, Jack McLean has learned when to impose his will and when to listen. Working in series creates a slowly accumulating momentum, wearing away the non-essential to reveal what is authentic to a personal aesthetic. He works from his barn studio outside of Chicago.

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.

McLean is a self taught studio artist.

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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