Andy MacLean is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (2000), currently living in northeastern Nova Scotia. MacLean teaches drawing and painting at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish. He has exhibited across Canada and the U.S. and his work is included in collections in Europe and North America. He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants from institutions including the Toronto Arts Council and the Nova Scotia Arts Council.
"It seems that there is an honesty and sincerity in limiting my subject matter to my immediate surroundings. Painting thus becomes a simple marriage of the circumstance of place and the artist’s materials.
My opinion as a painter is that great art is produced by a balanced consideration of materials and subject; something painted well is not simply an accurate pictorial description of a specific thing, but a means to convey insights and observations given through the handling of the medium.
As a representational painter, I feel a kind of satisfaction with the appearance of nature, but the work must also be a manifestation of the medium, something that could not function in any other discipline.
My ambitions in painting are an attempt to understand nature as an idea; one that is subject to varying interpretations historically, and dependent upon the zeitgeist and praxis of a given time period. While considering the origins, language and traditions of the depiction of nature (most often exemplified through landscape painting), I hope ultimately to cultivate a definition pertinent to my own age."