Comments on: John McLean http://abstractcritical.com/article/john-mclean/ Abstract Critical is a not-for profit company aiming to establish a new critical context for all generations of artists involved with ambitious abstract art. Sun, 09 Nov 2014 17:23:33 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Heather Nixon http://abstractcritical.com/article/john-mclean/#comment-862551 Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:54:37 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?p=749#comment-862551 Oh I love the work of this man. So warm, so immediate, so warm, so human. Such a relief from from all the stuff that focus’s on violence and cynicism. What a light, wonderful, amazing pioneering, vivid and vital.

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By: Jeremy Haselock http://abstractcritical.com/article/john-mclean/#comment-409774 Sun, 09 Mar 2014 09:48:14 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?p=749#comment-409774 John’s astonishing triptych of stained-glass windows for Norwich Cathedral will be unveiled and dedicated on 30th March (2014). There is a small but carefully-chosen exhibition of his work and the preparatory watercolours for the windows currently on show in the cathedral’s Hostry gallery space.

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By: Toby Graser http://abstractcritical.com/article/john-mclean/#comment-318420 Fri, 29 Nov 2013 15:36:45 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?p=749#comment-318420 I think John’s work is fantastic…I loved his book and I love his work….also think he and his wife are wonderful people.

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By: alan shipway http://abstractcritical.com/article/john-mclean/#comment-40897 Thu, 07 Jun 2012 19:52:09 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?p=749#comment-40897 Actually, last time I saw that painting of John McLean’s in the Kelvingrove Museum, I was shocked at how crassly it was displayed. The artist, always at the mercy of the curator… I can’t help thinking that when painting and sculpture is treated in this negligent, insensitive way, it’s no wonder people come along and think it’s not very good.

Seriously, to me, John’s best paintings are lucid, fresh and clear. That’s their virtue, and that’s what I like about them. They’re simple and straightforward – as any kind of painting can be, whether it’s abstract or representational. They’re not simple-minded, however. Art can dig deep into the best part of people, but there are always disagreements about it. I don’t mind defending John’s paintings if someone has a sense of curiosity about them – but if they’re closed-minded and don’t want to bother looking, then we’re just going to have to agree to disagree.

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By: Steven Zigga http://abstractcritical.com/article/john-mclean/#comment-39372 Fri, 01 Jun 2012 14:41:16 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?p=749#comment-39372 I saw one of John McLean’s awful, talentless paintings the other day as I was walking round the Kelvingrove Museum. Anyone who likes this kind of painting is being conned by McLean into thinking that the ‘Strathspey’ could not have been drawn by an orangutan. The catholic church pretends that God exists so that it can accumulate it’s riches; Nike pretends that its trainers are of superb quality so that it can sell more trainers; John ‘the orangutan’ McLean pretends that he took more than 5 minutes to paint these painting so that you crowd of cult following hypocrites can sit around talking about what the painting ‘means’. Please reply.

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By: Ben Jones http://abstractcritical.com/article/john-mclean/#comment-8693 Sat, 24 Mar 2012 21:01:26 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?p=749#comment-8693 It was always intensly valuable in my niave way to listen to Jonh, as a student at St Martins. He always made sense to me. Here we are 40 years later and I love his work anew ..and his inteligence behind it… What more can we say…

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By: Tania Robertson http://abstractcritical.com/article/john-mclean/#comment-329 Fri, 24 Jun 2011 10:01:49 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?p=749#comment-329 Dear Alan

Thank you for writing this review of Ian Collins’ survey, without which John McLean’s work would have remained unknown – to me at least.

It means, unfortunately for my meagre finances, that I will be saving up to buy yet another book….

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By: Ian Massey http://abstractcritical.com/article/john-mclean/#comment-59 Sun, 03 Apr 2011 08:52:27 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?p=749#comment-59 A good review making excellent points about John’s work. And yes, it would be marvellous to see the correspondence between him and Clement Greenberg.

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