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Landscape Painting
© Bruce McLean

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Landscape Painting 1968

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
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.

Glossary Open

Land Art

A movement beginning in the 1960s that sought a direct engagement with nature, creating artworks in and with the landscape.

Land Art


  • Acc. No. GMA 3572
  • Medium Colour photograph with transfer-text
  • Size 31.20 x 31.00 cm (framed: 32.70 x 32.70 x 0.70 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1990