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Portrait of a Polymath – D'Arcy Thompson's Daybook
© the artist. Photo credit: University of Dundee Fine Art Collections

Portrait of a Polymath – D'Arcy Thompson's Daybook 2008

Will Maclean (b.1941)

University of Dundee Fine Art Collections

Painter, maker of constructions and sculptures, and teacher, born in Inverness, Scotland. Studied at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, 1961–7, including a period at Patrick Allan–Fraser School of Art, Hospitalfield, Arbroath. Then won a scholarship to British School of Art in Rome. Maclean came from a fishing family, and on his return from Rome he worked as a fisherman off Scotland. Meanwhile, he was showing in solo exhibitions, at 57 Gallery, Edinburgh, in 1968; and at Richard Demarco Gallery there, in 1970. When the Scottish International Education Trust commissioned Maclean to make a visual survey of ring-net fishing in 1973 it led to a creative burst of activity; the project was shown at Third Eye Centre, Glasgow, in 1978, eventually being acquired by Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)


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