Will Maclean (b.1941) was a midshipman for two years before attending Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen (1961-65) and then the British School in Rome in 1966 as part of a year on a Gray’s Travelling Scholarship. He is internationally recognised as a foremost exponent of box construction art. Using found objects which he deconstructs and reconstructs, he has developed a unique visual and poetic language that is based on the histories and mythologies of those who live and work by the sea.
Maclean’s work is held in internationally significant collections, including the British Museum, National Galleries of Scotland and Yale Centre for British Art (USA). He is a member of the Royal Scottish Academy, The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, and in 2006 he was awarded a MBE.
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