- Neil McClelland
Neil McClelland’s work is rooted in a passion for mark making and the rich qualities and possibilities of paint. His current body of paintings conveys a visceral sense of place and time and makes the familiar strange. Exploring evocative ideas and images that relate to imagined utopias and dystopias, the societies we want or don’t want, McClelland seeks to provoke new ways of seeing and thinking about the world around us. His sources for these imaginings run from literature and film to everyday observations, memories and images found online. His paintings are filled with contradictory impulses as they explore notions of human happiness and perfectibility, devolution and collapse, nature and culture, the monstrous and the beautiful, mythmaking and storytelling. Merging fragments of the real and unreal, the paintings create a fictitious world, a “no place” but one in which we might find something of ourselves and our world.
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. He has exhibited in artist-run, public, and commercial galleries across Canada, teaches at Vancouver Island School of Art, and has taught sessionally at the University of Victoria.