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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.


Q+A

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
2022

Patel Brown Gallery
Reflexive Memories

Select Past Exhibitions
2020

the plumb, Toronto
Reliant Devices (bar installation)

2020

hearth, Toronto
Stem to where we grew stuck

2020

Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
Come Up To My Room

2019

The Front Room Gallery, Waterloo
Experience Firsthand

2019

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

2018

Art Mür, Montreal
Fresh Paint/New Constructions

Accolades
2019


OAC Exhibition Assistance Grant

2018


Keith and Win Shantz International Scholarship

Residencies
2020

Toronto Island, Toronto
Artscape Gibraltar Point

2019

Skagaströnd, Iceland
NES

Education
2019

University of Waterloo
Master of Fine Art

2017

Concordia University
Bachelor of Fine Art

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