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Artist - John McClenaghen

My work explores the phenomena of time and change within the landscape. I am interested in painting’s ability to relate experience by drawing parallels between the action of weather upon the land and the action of colour and mark upon the canvas.  The main focus of my practice is in painting and drawing, although this is greatly informed by collage, print and assemblage, something that began when I was a student at the Glasgow School of Art. My interest in field structures, the way they are transformed by changing light and colour is perhaps in some way influenced by the generations of Scottish farmers I am descended from on my mother’s side.

I tend to return to the same locations repeatedly as I establish a relationship with the space over time by working directly from nature. Back in the studio I make spontaneous gestural works on paper. This stage is about working through marks, a process of recollection through making, trying to think in materials. A whole range of media often come into play as I attempt to reconstruct the experience of space and place through colour and mark. The traces of layers of decisions in the drawn and painted surface recall changes I see in the landscape itself, the reconfiguration of field structures, their shapes, colours and textures reflecting their fluctuating physical form and those we perceive through the actions of weather. Through the rhythm of work I am trying to move from the representation of something seen to the reconstruction of something felt.

John McClenaghen studied at the Glasgow School of Art, the University of Huddersfield, University of Liverpool and the University of Chester. He is Programme Leader for Fine Art in the School of Creative Arts, Glyndŵr University. Exhibitions include: Facing North, Storey Institute Gallery Lancaster, Distance 2 Sofia, Academia Gallery, National Academy of Art, Sofia (with Alec Shepley), Y Lle Celf, Visual Arts Exhibition of the National Eisteddfod of Wales, and in 2017: Fully Awake, Blip,Blip,Blip, Leeds.

He also writes about art practice with book chapters recently published by Q-Art and Black Dog, London. He has presented papers on painting at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester in 2015 and to the National Association for Fine Art Education in 2016 and 2018.

Available Work

April on the Listening Hill - £1100 - 95cm by 95cm

Bricolage, May - £1100 - 95cm by 95cm - Sold

Field Pattern Detour - £380 - 43cm by 43cm - Sold

Fieldwork - £985 - 102cm by 81cm

Toward the Listening Hill - £885 - 76cm by 60cm

A Change in the Weather - £890 - 84cm by 66cm

Extended Detour - £1100 - 97cm by 97cm - Sold

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