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1990                B.Ed., University of Western Ontario                        

1989                B.A. in Fine Art, University of Guelph



Loop Gallery, Toronto

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2015                “Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery, Sarnia, Ontario

2013                “Conditions”, Loop Gallery, Toronto

                        “Easily Distracted: New paintings by I an McLean”,St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Gallery,            

                         St.Thomas, Ontario

2011                “Recreational Use”, Loop Gallery, Toronto (in conjunction with “Plastic Geometry” by

                         Heather Carey)

                         “Here, Then and There”(With Colin Carney) , Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario

2009                 “New Work”, Artopia Gallery, Sarnia 

                         Aphex Imaging, Sarnia

2006                “Excess”, Transit Gallery, Hamilton (in conjunction with Gary Michael Dault)

2005                 "Living Arrangements by Night", Artopia Gallery, Sarnia Transit Gallery, Hamilton

                         “Living Arrangements”,Gallery Lambton, Sarnia

2003                 “Comfort Zone”, Transit Gallery, Hamilton

                         “Turn The Lights On”, Artopia Gallery, Sarnia

2000                  Red Tango, Sarnia

1999                  Gallery Lambton, Sarnia

1995                  “New Paintings and Drawings”, Gallery in the Grove, Bright’s Grove, Ontario

1993                  “Ornaments”, Kenneith Gallery, Sarnia

1991                  “New Paintings”, Kenneith Gallery, Sarnia

1988                   Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre, Ingersoll, Ontario

    McLaughlin Library, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario


Selected Group Exhibitions

2013   “Weird”, curated by Patrick Macaulay, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

           Handworks Gallery, Saint John, New Brunswick

2012   “The Promise of Painting”(3 person), Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant,

    Brantford, Ontario

           “Visual Elements”, 54th Annual Juried Exhibit, Woodstock Art Gallery,

    Woodstock, Ontario

2011                Gallery Moos, Toronto

                        Handworks Gallery, Saint John, New Brunswick

2010                Handworks Gallery, Saint John
                        Gallery Moos, Toronto
                        Gallery Moos, Burroughes Building, Queen St. West, Toronto 
                        "Forces of Nature", Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford 
                        "Facades: Outside - In", Susan Kristjansson Gallery, Sarnia    
                        "Artists Work", Gallery in the Grove, Bright's Grove      
                        "Look '10", Gallery Lambton
                        Venus Gallery, Aurora, Ontario   

2009                Venus Gallery, Aurora

2008                “LOOK ’08”, Gallery Lambton

2007                Angell Gallery, Toronto

                        “A New Breed”, Lovart Gallery

2006                “LOOK ’06”, Gallery Lambton

                        “art:50”, Gallery in the Grove

2005                "On A Whim", Tatar Gallery, Toronto

2004                Canvas Gallery, Toronto

                        "LOOK '04", Gallery Lambton

2003                Thames Art Gallery, Chatham, Ontario

                        “LOOK ’03”, Gallery Lambton

2002                “In A Class of Their Own”, Gallery Lambton

                        “LOOK ‘02”, Gallery Lambton

2001                “elements”, Gallery in the Grove

                        “Platypus Collective”, West Wing Art Space, Toronto


Awards and Honours

2012       Ontario Art Council, Visual Artist: Mid-Career Grant

           Best in Show, 54th Annual Juried Exhibit, Woodstock Art Gallery,

    Woodstock, Ontario

2011    Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant

2010                First Prize, “Forces of Nature”, Glenhyrst Art Gallery

                        Second Prize, “LOOK ’10”, Gallery Lambton

2004                Ontario Arts Council Grant

2003                Ontario Arts Council Grant

                        Second Prize, “LOOK ’03”, Gallery Lambton

2002                Second Prize, “LOOK ’02”, Gallery Lambton

                        People’s Choice Award, “LOOK ’02”, Gallery Lambton

1995                Ontario Arts Council Grant

1993                Ontario Arts Council Grant

1991                Ontario Arts Council Grant

1989                London Semester Study, London, England (U. of Guelph)

1988                Gordon Couling Award, Creative Arts Assn., Guelph




Wilson Christen Barristers, Toronto, Ontario

Aphex Imaging, Toronto

Niman Zemans Gelgoot LLP, Toronto

County of Lambton (Gallery Lambton), Sarnia

private collections in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Edmonton, Saint John, Detroit, Los Angeles, London, Abu Dhabi



“Ian McLean’s Misbehaving Modernist Oils”, Canadian Art Junkie, Dec. 2012

“From the Studio Of . . . Ian McLean”, Saatchi Online, Los Angeles, October 2012

“The Exhibitionist: Ian McLean & Heather Carey”, by R.M. Vaughan, Globe and Mail, Saturday, August 13, 2011

“Ian McLean: Yards & Muscle Cars”, by Andrea Rabinovitch, Hamilton Arts and Letters, Fall, 2010


“Luscious Spaces, Hallucinatory Colour”, Fix Magazine, June 2009


“Art With After Glow”, by Gary Michael Dault, Globe and Mail, Saturday, July 30, 2005


“Living Arrangements: Sublimation, Décor and the Pursuit of Happiness in the Paintings of Ian McLean”, by Eliza Griffiths, catalogue essay, Gallery Lambton, 2005

“Ian McLean:Living Arrangements”catalogue, introduction by David Taylor, January,2005


“Ian McLean at Transit Gallery”, by Ola Wlusek, Artsbeat magazine, July 2005


“Interiors: Searching For Signs of Life in the Living Room”, by Elaine Hujer, Hamilton Spectator,

June 20, 2005


“Living Arrangements”, by David TaylorFirst Monday magazine, February 2005

“Different Views of the Past”, by Regina Haggo, Hamilton Spectator, September 18, 2003





Ian McLean