Donald Maclean is a Scottish artist born in 1962, living and working in North Ayrshire.
Donald drew and painted from a young age and gained formal training when he studied Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art from 1980 – 1985. A Postgraduate Diploma in Theatre Studies from University College Cardiff (now the University of Wales) followed and Donald spent the next 20 years ...as a scenic artist and costume designer with several Scottish theater companies including the Traverse Theater, The Citizen’s Theater, Tron Theater, Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet. Donald recently made the decision to return to his fine art roots, focusing on his first love, painting.
Searching for abstract qualities in everyday objects, Maclean’s use of saturated colour, bold composition and clever use of negative space breathes new life and energy into these often overlooked domestic subjects. Adopting a graphic approach to his painting, Maclean draws our attention to large blocks of flat colour, geometric pattern and negative space. His paintings blend man-made structures with the organic rhythmic folds of plant life, using the bold highlights and deep shadows to convey an overpowering symphony of shapes.
MacLean's work has been exhibited widely in exhibitions and at UK art fairs. His highly distinctive work which is at once arresting and skilful is highly admired by collectors and homeowners around the UK.