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John McLean: Flare

5 August 2022

This week’s Art Diary marks the beginning of the Edinburgh Art Festival 2022 with our pick of highlights from the programme

The Fine Art Society celebrates the career of the late Scottish painter with this display of colourful, abstract works (until 27 August). The Arbroath-born painter studied at the Courtauld Institute in London and took inspiration from North American abstract painters such as Jules Olitski and Kenneth Noland. Spanning the breadth of McLean’s career, the exhibition moves from earlier paintings such as Thunder Bay (1976) which reveal the artist’s love of the colour-field painting style, through to the works such as Piccante (1989) which demonstrate a shift to more geometric forms. Find out more on the Fine Art Society’s website.

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Thunder Bay (1976), John McLean. Photo: Douglas Atfield; © the artist’s estate and the Fine Art Society

Neponset (1982), John McLean. Photo: Douglas Atfield; © the artist’s estate and the Fine Art Society

Shawmut (1982), John McLean. Photo: Douglas Atfield; © the artist’s estate and the Fine Art Society

Manitoba (1984), John McLean. Photo: Douglas Atfield; © the artist’s estate and the Fine Art Society