Lindsey Jean McLean


Lindsey Jean McLean is a London-based figurative painter from Edinburgh. Her work questions the historical representation of femininity and women in painting; in particular the figures that exist in the liminal space between portraiture and imagination. Bedecked in a rich colour palette suggesting tactile honeys and velvets, these characters are in movement and entanglement, trapped in acts of concealment and destruction. She uses reoccurring motifs such as feather boas, fans and veils - transformative objects that obscure the gaze within her works. She subverts the historically patriarchal medium of oil paint to dismantle and create a new space to view femininity.


McLean studied Painting and Printmaking at Glasgow School of Art from 2009 to 2013. McLean’s GSA degree show work was exhibited in New Scottish Artists in the Royal Scottish Academy. McLean also studied on The Drawing Year at The Royal Drawing School (2013-14) and is a graduate of MFA Painting at the Slade School of Fine Art. McLean is a recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant, which is a distinguished award for emerging figurative artists worldwide. McLean’s work was also selected for the London Grads Now 2021 show, currently on view at the Saatchi Gallery. 

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