Print of The Month: April 2019

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John McLean, Balkaskie

Date: 2013
Size (cm - unframed): 40.5 x 34.5
Technique: etching and screenprint
Materials: Somerset Velvet Cream 300gsm
Edition size: 10
Publisher: The Print Studio
Copyright: The Artist

Scottish painter John McLean’s work has been described as ‘sensual’ and a ‘colour experience’. His portfolio of work created at PSC hints at his playful and spontaneous approach to all his image-making. Absorbing himself in ‘the magic of colour’, the artist uses every precious moment in creative application to ask all the right questions in order to direct the journey of where to take a picture.

“What if? What if? But now - to hell! Just do it and see.”

Two techniques converge in ‘Balkaskie’, a mixture of drypoint and screenprint that captures a sense of both the texture of the hard-bristled brushstrokes and energetic pop of colour typical of a work by McLean. The application skilfully explores tonality, colour and shape relationships to create an image that dances across the surface of the paper.

“What I’m hoping for is a punchy little b*****d…”

This month marks the anniversary of a film documentary following the inspiring resilience of the artist. ‘Which Way Up’ captures a sensitive view of the intelligence and humour that he refuses to surrender, along with his desire to paint. Quotes from John above are taken from the documentary, below you will find the trailer.

Kip & John working on the series produced at the Studio in 2013

Kip & John working on the series produced at the Studio in 2013

‘Balkaskie’ is an edition of just 10. The few remaining copies are available for sale at £720 including VAT and shipping within the U.K. For shipping outside the U.K., please contact the Studio at

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You can see more of John McLean’s work with Kip and The Print Studio in The Art of Collaboration at The Heong Gallery.

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