Bruce McLean is a leading figure in British contemporary art and has been for many decades. Born in Glasgow, McLean studied at the Glasgow School of Art (1961-1963), and at Saint Martin’s, London, (1963 to 1966) under the tuition of Sir Anthony Caro and Philip King. This period saw McLean cement his position as a leading figure in British conceptual art. In 1985 he won the John Moore's Painting prize.
McLean went on to teach at numerous art schools including The Slade School of Fine Art, where he became Head of Graduate Painting (2002-2010).
He has had one man exhibitions including the Tate Gallery in London, The Modern Art Gallery in Vienna and Museum of Modern Art, Oxford.
His work is in private and public collections world-wide including the Tate Gallery, Arts Council of Great Britain, Victoria & Albert Museum, the National Museum of Modern Art, Edinburgh and the British Council.