"Scrum" painting, 2019.


October 11th, 2019

By Hector McLean


Hector McLean is a young, emerging painter based in Berlin.

McLean's recent work, while maintaining the usual focus on body language and ambiguous narrative, with "Screen", now shows a fascination with the way images are seen through digital media platforms. His paintings adopt the template of what could be a web page, an online video or a social media feed. This promotes a feeling of familiarity around what appears to be randomly selected subjects. The artist provides insight into what the viewer have become accustomed to seeing, an array of visual noise, colours and figures contained within their own boxes. These colours are often garish and a little distorted, like in the way images appear through an LED screen or on a cheap phone. This further enhances the sense of being lost in the contained visual media.

McLean's work addresses the claustrophobia and confusion of these experiences with digital media and presents them through the mediative medium of oil painting.


Rocco, 2019.

Oil and acrylic on canvas, 50 x 50cm


Broken Window, 2019.

Oil and acrylic on canvas, 50 x 50cm

Joe Rogan, 2018.

Oil on card, 33 x 26cm

Portrait of a Comedian, 2018.

Oil on card, 41 x 32cm

Scrum, 2019.

Oil and acrylic on canvas, 120 x 80cm

Beach Lady, 2018.

Oil and acrylic on canvas, 80 x 60cm

Pin High, 2018.

Oil and acrylic on canvas, 50 x 50cm

Dorothea, 2016.

Oil and gloss on canvas, 120 x 120cm

Green Man, 2018.

Oil on card, 84 x 64cm

Yeah Nah, 2019

Oil and acrylic on two canvases, 166 x 120cm.

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