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British abstract painter, born in Liverpool to Scottish parents. His father, Talbert McLean (1906–92), was a painter, whose later work was influenced by *Abstract Expressionism; after the Second World War, during which he served in the armed forces, he returned to Scotland and taught at Arbroath High School until 1972. John studied at St Andrews University, 1957–62, then did postgraduate work in art history at the *Courtauld Institute of Art, London, 1963–6.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)