Mc Lean Edwards

Mc Lean Edwards

  • Artist’s Statement

    Born: Darwin, Northern Territory
    Lives: Sydney, Australia

  • Biography

    McLean Edwards studied at the Canberra School of Art. Since that time he has exhibited his work in numerous group and solo shows including the Archibald Prize at the AGNSW in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2013. 
McLean currently lives and works in Sydney.

  • Influences

    Edwards’ influences are wide ranging as he reads and watches media constantly. Edwards’ does not hide his influences through art history and viewers associate Ingres to modern greats Picasso and Bacon to contemporary painter Condo with his work. Australian artists such as Sidney Nolan, Donald Friend, and William Dobell also can be traced as influences. As such direct comparisons can be made with historical iconic paintings often providing a uniquely European and ultimately ambiguous, yet compelling quality to the work of the Australian artist.

  • Awards

    Erik Jensen, ‘McLean Edwards’ portrait in the Salon’, Look magazine, Art Gallery Society of New South Wales, December 2016/January 2017 issue
    Helena Geilinger, ‘McLean Edwards, ‘Knock Knock’ August 2016
    Carrie McCarthy, ‘McLean Edwards, Delightfully Dishevelled’ Cultural Flanerie, 21 July 2014
    Elizabeth Fortescue, ‘Portrait of the artist and his imaginary friends’ Daily Telegraph, 30 May 2013
    Nick O’Malley ‘Palettes loaded, lines drawn’, Sydney Morning Herald, 27 December 2011 p. 4-5
    Andrew Frost, ‘Head-into the Black: McLean Edwards’, Art Monthly Australia, Issue 237 March 2011, p. 23-25 Andrew Frost ‘McLean Edwards: Eventually No More’, Art Collector magazine Issue 57, July-September 2011
    Steve Lopes, ‘McLean Edwards’, Artist Profile magazine, Issue 08 2009 p. 54-58
    Dr Marcus Bunyan, ’Review McLean Edwards: Songs from the Ghost Ship at Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne’, Art Blart June 2009
    Daniel Smith, ”The Sitting” Harper’s Bazar Australia, April 2006, p 34 – 40 and cover

    Elizabeth Fortescue, ”Right on Topsy of his World” Daily Telegraph, 21 April 2006

    Sebastian Smee, ”Old masterful vision with stories full of colour” The Australian, 11 April 2006 

    Megan Doherty, Canberra Times, 29 April 2006
The Art Life “The Darkness” April 2006
    The Art Life “Eyes are Hard to Paint” March 2006
    John McDonald, “Year of the very Big Head” Sydney Morning Herald, 17 March 2006 p. 14

    Sophie Tedmanson, “Artist’s mate puts Cate in the Archibald picture” The Australian, 8 March 2006
    “Archies Pack ‘em in” Weekend Australian, 11 – 12 March 2006 p. 31

    Clay Lucas, “Studio Chaos suits Edwards’ Style” The Age, 30 May 2005, Metro section p. 5

    McLean Edwards – Paintings 2002-2005, Martin Browne Fine Art 2005 c ISSN 1323-7675, Design Strategy, Sydney, Australia

    John Kavanagh, Blue-Chip Contemporary 18 -24 December 2003, BRW

    Sony Barron, Flaws Fail to deter Queues 16 January 2002 Canberra Times
    Ron Cerabona, A Challenging Display 10 January 2002 Canberra Times Australian Style Magazine, June 2002

  • Exhibitions

    Education: Canberra School of Art SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
    2016 Knock Knock, Nicholas Projects, Melbourne
    2014 Local Heroes, Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney
    2013 The Art of Connecting: McLean Edwards, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Sydney
 2013 Imaginary Friends and Black Portraits, Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney 2012 Here Comes Everybody, Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney
    2011 Dream Juggler, Gallery Ecosse, Exeter, NSW

    2011 Basic Instinct, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne

    2010 Bad Habits, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, Goulburn, NSW 

    2010 Bad Habits, Martin Browne Fine Art, Sydney
    2009 Martin Browne Fine Art, Sydney 

    2008 The End, Martin Browne Fine Art, Sydney 

    2007 New Works, Martin Browne Fine Art, Sydney
    2006 Non Fiction, Martin Browne Fine Art, Sydney
    2005 The Revenge of Maggie Dubrovnik, Martin Browne Fine Art, Melbourne

    2004 Mexican Brides, Martin Browne Fine Art, Sydney
    2003 Down and Dirty for the Lord, Martin Browne Fine Art, Sydney 

    2003 Opening Exhibition, Martin Browne Fine Art, Sydney
    2002 Year of the Rat, Martin Browne Fine Art, Sydney
    2002 Recent Paintings and Drawings, Chapman Gallery, Manuka ACT

    2002 Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Martin Browne Fine Art, Sydney
    2001 Headway, Legge Gallery, Sydney
    2000 I wanted to be normal for You, Legge Gallery, Sydney
    2000 The trembling man paintings Chapman Gallery, Canberra
    1999 Recent works, Legge Gallery, Sydney 

    1998 Nudes and other recent works, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
    1998 New Paintings, Legge Gallery, Sydney
    1998 Give ‘em hell Galeri Tenguh, Jakarta, Indonesia 1997 Pygmalion, Legge Gallery, Sydney
    1996 Silly boy paintings, Legge Gallery, Sydney
 1995 Portraits, Legge Gallery, Sydney

Showing the single artwork

Mc Lean Edwards

Nighthead, 2013
121.5 x 151.5 cm oil on canvas Sold