Hector McLean

Based Berlin, Germany
Hector McLean


I am an emerging painter from Grantham who now lives and works in Berlin. My paintings experiment with colour and structures and the figures that occupy those structures. I often compose scenes that collide the banality of everyday life with cinematic and commercial components.


University of Edinburgh

Selected Exhibitions & Awards

  • 2018: Pop Art Exhibition, Werkkunst Gallery, Hamburg
  • 2018: Palestrino Studio Show, Pierluigi da Palestrino, Florence
  • 2017: ECA Degree Show, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh
  • 2017: Open Contemporary Artist Award, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle
  • 2017: Genius Loci // The Texture of Longing, City Arts Centre, Edinburgh
  • 2016: Third Try-Mester, St Margaret’s House, Edinburgh


  • Internationally exhibited

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  • Achievements & Goals

    • My paintings, my independence, my hat collection
    • To make sophisticated artworks that are accessible yet thought provoking
    • For me a good work is something that you can stare at for hours
  • Genre & Style

    • Figurative painting that is striking and refreshing
    • Empathetic and intriguing narratives
  • Inspiration & Vision

    • People
    • Colour
    • Structures
  • Sales & Trajectory

    • Already sold works
    • Self-funded
  • Technique & Material

    • Various types of paint
    • Experimenting with layers and surfaces
    • Usually finished with oil paint

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