Based in Scotland and London, Jim McLean studied at Glasgow University, where he was under the tutelage of Professor Edwin Morgan, Scotland's first Poet Laureate. Following this, McLean embarked on a successful career as a journalist and author before pursuing his passion for art. McLean has since shown his work throughout London at Omnibus Gallery, Flowers Gallery and Llewellyn Alexander Gallery. McLean's photographic portraits of the artist Alison Watt and the actor Peter Capaldi feature in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London and Paisley Museum, Glasgow. McLean's The Artist and His Dog (2017) was acquired by Ruth Borchard Collection in 2017.
McLean's work combines contemporary figurative painting with an emotionally charged use of colour. His colour palette is sometimes dark and meditative and frequently more fiery, McLean harnesses the subliminal capacities of colour to create a form of modern figurative painting.
McLean's The Artist and His Dog falls into the more meditative category, with the artist hunched over, partly subsumed by the painting's green background. McLean and his dog are largely featureless, a gestural moon illuminating them from above.