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14/01/2023 - 18/02/2023

Contemporary - Painting


John Maclean - The Annexe

Wed-Sat: 12-6pm

The Approach is delighted to present the first solo exhibition in the UK by London-based, Scottish artist John Maclean.

With a focus on landscape and contemplative outdoor scenes, Maclean sources his imagery from salvaged, hand-tinted postcards or print-outs from the internet. Editing out the majority of a full image, he concentrates on an otherwise peripheral feature, such as a tree, house, waterfall or mountain, enhancing the registration of the images (often affected by discoloration) with new rich and exaggerated hues.

Using watercolour on board, Maclean’s modestly sized paintings follow a repetitive process of application, rubbing down and re-painting, creating a palimpsestic surface where the previous layers are only discretely visible.


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