- Neil McClelland
Neil McClelland is a Canadian artist originally from Quebec and currently located in Victoria, British Columbia. He received his MFA from the University of Victoria in 2014 and is a 2016 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grantee. Neil was the 2010 artist-in-residence at Harcourt House and an active member of the Edmonton art community during the many years he lived in Alberta. He has exhibited in artist-run, public, and commercial galleries across Canada and teaches at Vancouver Island School of Art and sessionally at the University of Victoria.
In his paintings, McClelland frequently engages with art historical conventions and traditions, intentionally disrupting their boundaries as he seeks to understand their meaning in an increasingly mediated and troubled world. "Bathers" incorporates the anachronistic image of the art historical bather to transform contemporary images of people at the beach sourced from Instagram. His "Apperception" paintings appropriate art works and curatorial decisions from virtual galleries to inquire into changing modes of viewing and experiencing art.
McClelland’s current work focuses on exploring utopian and dystopian visions and problems inherent in notions of human perfectibility.