Hamish McLain’s practice explores the intersection between drawing and painting, investigating how a graphical sensibility can interact within the world of abstraction. In recent work he has been focusing on how the rural landscape of Cumbria can inspire his painting, connecting the dramatic scenery of the area with the language of abstraction.
Hamish has been based in Cumbria since Spring 2015. Prior to this he lived in London where in 2013 he graduated from the MA Fine Art programme at Chelsea College of Art and Design. Previous exhibitions include Sneak Peak at Makers Mill, Keswick 2018; ‘Cumbrian Artist of the Year 2017’ at Rheged; ‘C-Art 2016’ at Sprint Mill, Burneside; ‘Merz Barn Residency’, Merz Barn Langdale 2016; ‘Striking Out’ High Sykeside, Grasmere, 2015 and ‘There’s always space to move’ Curators Coffee Gallery, London, 2015. In 2016 he was one of six artists nominated for the artist of the year exhibition at Rheged.
He has lectured in painting at various universities, including Manchester School of Art, Cambridge School of Art and Liverpool John Moores University. He has delivered art workshops for adults, young people and children for a variety of organisations including Abbott Hall, Tullie House, The Wordsworth Trust, The Brewery Arts Centre, Keswick Museum, The Tetley Leeds and The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.
For further information please visit www.hamishmclain.com.