Bruce McLean

Landscape Painting

About this artwork

This is one of a group of photographs which record 'sculptures' made at Largybeg on the Isle of Arran in 1968. They all feature a huge roll of photographic paper on which McLean spilt water-based paint, so that he was literally 'painting' on the landscape. Deliberately undermining the self-importance of much contemporary art, these ephemeral works were thrown away after being photographed. They also make a witty comment on Land Art, which was becoming popular in the late 1960s. The long roll of paper is reminiscent of land artist Richard Long's use of the line in his photographs.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Bruce McLeanScottish (born 1944)
  • title:
    Landscape Painting
  • date created:
    1968
  • materials:
    Colour photograph with transfer-text
  • measurements:
    31.20 x 31.00 cm (framed: 32.70 x 32.70 x 1.20 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1990
  • accession number:
    GMA 3572
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Bruce McLean

Bruce McLean