14/09/2023 - 21/10/2023

Contemporary - Painting

John Maclean - New Paintings

Wed-Sat: 12-6pm

The Approach is pleased to present John Maclean New Paintings; a continuation of the body of work Maclean produced for his Annexe show earlier this year.

Maclean studied at the Royal College of Art in the mid-90s under contemporary British painters such as Chris Ofili and Peter Doig, however his other interests took him in the direction of a career in music and film making. With his film projects on hold during the pandemic and needing a creative outlet for his ideas, Maclean returned to painting after a twenty-year hiatus.

Working at a uniform and modest scale of 30 x 22 cm, Maclean uses watercolour to produce his paintings. During lockdown he was able to experiment and test materials, scale and technique, eventually settling on a process of thickly applying watercolour paints to flat-lying ready-made wooden boards. He then uses a process of sanding down the paint to reveal a ‘ghost image’, before painting over it again (and again), building up a palimpsestic surface of many layers of paint until he is satisfied with the final image.


Bethnal Green 1st Floor, 47 Approach Rd, E2 9LY