Will Maclean's work is deeply influenced by his interest in Highland cultures and a lifetime living and working by the sea. He is recognized as one of the leading exponents of box construction art, utilizing found objects to display compelling visual thinking and poetic visual language.
Born in 1941 in Inverness, Will Maclean's family was involved in the traditional industries of fishing, seafaring and crofting, and his work is influenced by his concern with the environment, community and work and the living experiences of Highland communities. After working as a midshipman and ring-net fisherman in the 1960's he attended Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, now part of Robert Gordon University, and the British School in Rome.
In 1981 he joined the staff of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee. His has been exhibited work exhibited across Britain, Europe and North America. His services to education and art have also been recognized with an MBE and he is a member of the Royal Scottish Academy.
Will's work includes paintings, sculpture and pieces made from objects he has found, particularly influenced by people who have lived and worked by the sea. Now retired from teaching he lives in Tayport in Fife with his artist wife, Marian Leven, who he met when they were both studying at Gray’s School of Art.
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