Paula McLean

Artist member since 2021
Toronto, Ontario

Born in Sarnia, Ontario, Paula McLean received a Bachelor of Fine Art in Studio Art with a specialization in painting from Concordia University in 2017. A recent MFA graduate at the University of Waterloo, she has exhibited at several regional galleries including hearth and the plumb in Toronto; Art Mûr Gallery, Montreal and the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant. A recipient of the Keith and Win Shantz Scholarship, she was a studio assistant for Ireland-based painter Ciarán Murphy in the summer of 2018. Her thesis show, To Catch a Glimpse of Things, was exhibited at the University of Waterloo Art Gallery in May, 2019. Her work explores the way the mind creates meaning through the representation and constant re-arrangement of abstract forms derived from distorted scans.


Favourite artist(s) right now

I love Issy Wood's work a lot. Her muted palette and eerie/strange subject matter are so captivating

Beverage of choice

Aperol Spritz!

When I'm not making art, I'm (a) ...

usually reading. I used to read a lot of fiction but lately non-fiction is what I'm being drawn to.

Describe your home in 3 words

Tiny walk-in closet

Coffees per day and from where

3....from my nespresso machine

Upcoming Exhibitions

Patel Brown Gallery
Reflexive Memories

Select Past Exhibitions

the plumb, Toronto
Reliant Devices (bar installation)


hearth, Toronto
Stem to where we grew stuck


Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
Come Up To My Room


The Front Room Gallery, Waterloo
Experience Firsthand


University of Waterloo Art Gallery
To Catch A Glimpse of Things (MFA Thesis Exhibition)


Art Mür, Montreal
Fresh Paint/New Constructions


OAC Exhibition Assistance Grant


Keith and Win Shantz International Scholarship


Toronto Island, Toronto
Artscape Gibraltar Point


Skagaströnd, Iceland


University of Waterloo
Master of Fine Art


Concordia University
Bachelor of Fine Art

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