Lindsey Jean McLean

Based London, UK
Lindsey Jean McLean


Lindsey Jean McLean is a painter currently based in London. McLean’s work often focuses on veiled figures, because the space created by the veil is a disruption to the engagement that a viewer usually has with figures in painting. McLean sees the veil as a blanket term and it can take many forms such as clouds, reflections, the brush marks or paint glazes. This space is ambiguous in its nature as it is inviting yet removed. The barrier creates a freedom for the figure, as the subject has an element of control on the viewer’s gaze and disrupts the usual pictorial gaze. McLean’s obsession with the veil in paintings comes from it being a boundary but also a way of blurring boundaries because seeing through a veil makes seeing where something begins or ends undefined. It can also be said that painting is a veil of some description. Painting alters the way we see and see our perceived selves; it layers space, time and emotion in such a way that sometimes we feel a presence looking back at us.


Glasgow School of Art; BA in Painting(2009-2013)
The Royal Drawing School; The Drawing Year(2013-2014)
Slade School of Fine Art; MFA in Painting (2019-2021)

Selected Exhibitions & Awards

Curated For Christmas All Mouth Gallery and Bowes Parris Gallery, Southside Wandsworth, London 2020
Hung Up All Mouth Gallery, The Tub, Broadway Market, London 2020
Material Figures V.O Curations, London 2020. London Art Fair, Bow Arts, London 2020
Bow Open Show, Selected By Carey Young, Nunnery Gallery, London 2019
Royal Academy Summer Show, Burlington House, London 2016
RSA New Contemporaries, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 2014



Mary Rischgitz Prize
The Slade School of Fine Art Award given in recognition of excellence in oil painting in final year
The Elizabeth Greenshileds Foundation Grant Distinguished award for emerging figurative artists worldwide

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    My dream and objective for the future is to make my living from my painting.

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