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Lived/Active: New York / United Kingdom      Known for: abstract expresssion

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Bruce McLean (b. 1944)

Bruce McLean was born in Glasgow in 1944.

McLean studied first at Glasgow School of Art during 1961 to 1963.  From 1963 through 1966, he studied at St Martin's School of Art.

He abandoned conventional studio production in 1965.  McLean turned to sculptures using materials such as water making not meant the sculptures not intended to be permanent.  He also was involved with satirical performances against the art world.

In 1971, McLean showcased at the Tate in London a photographic documentation where he used his own body to parody the poses of Henry Moore's celebrated reclining figures entitled Pose Work for Plinths I."" During this time, MclLean also taught at Maidstone College of Art.

Also in 1971, Mc Lean, established Nice Style, billed as 'The World's First Pose Band',  They had collaborative performances including: Academic Board, Sorry! A Minimal Musical in Parts and  Fishknife.

McLean he continued to confront the pretensions of the art world and wider social issues such as the nature of bureaucracy and institutional politics using humor.  During the mid 1970s he continued to occasional performances. However, McLean turned more to painting, still using wit and subversive parodies of the current styles.

In 1981, McLean was awarded the DAAD fellowship teaching in Berlin.  McLean then spent two years as the Senior Lecturer at Slade College of Art in London.  During the mid to late 1990s he was also worked as a visiting lecture and professor at: Rijksacademie, Amsterdam; Academie de Bellas Artes, Madrid; Städelschule, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Kunste, Frankfurt; Royal College of Art, London; University of Reading in London.

Selected Awards Include:
1965 Pratt Bequest for sculptor
1966 Sainsbury Award for sculptor
1975 Major Arts Council of Great Britain Award
1978 Arts Council Bursary
1981 DAAD Berlin
1985 Mercedes Benz Prize John Morres 1st Painting Prize
1994 Royal Television Society Design Award for Production Design (non-drama)

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