- V. MacLean
Vicki MacLean is a well-established artist who has received much deserved acclaim for her large works in oil and watercolour. She evokes the subtle qualities of Nova Scotian rural life and landscape with precise and intimate attention to the lay of the land, the hue of each season, the changing qualities of northern light. With her more recent interest in intaglio MacLean has translated her larger visions into rich, concise copper plate etchings with characteristic verve and intense purpose. The immensity of a field of yellow crops, the dense complexities of a magnificent sunset: Vicky MacLean takes on the overwhelming energy and beauty of the natural world and compresses it, without losing any of its power to astonish.
Majoring in Art at the Connecticut College for Women, in New London, Conn., MacLean graduated with an Honours BA in 1960, and went on to study figure drawing, lithography, and wood cut at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. MacLean then moved to Canada, living for several years in Cape Breton and then relocating to Antigonish, N.S. where she now works, teaches, and directs the St. Francis Xavier University Art Gallery.
Name: Vicki MacLean
Born: Baltimore, Maryland
Media: Oil, watercolour, wood cut, lithography, etching
Studio: Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Education: Connecticut College for Women, New London, Conn., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
Selected permanent collections: Texaco Canada, Bank of Nova Scotia, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Art Bank of Nova Scotia, Maritime Tel and Tel, and Northern Telecom
Atlantic Art Gallery, Halifax, N.S., 1975,1977,1978
Elca London Gallery, Montreal, Quebec, 1981
Zwicker's Gallery, Halifax, N.S., 1984, 1988
Carriage House Gallery, Wolfville, N.S., 1986
Lyghtesome Gallery, Antigonish, N.S., 1986, 1993
Listed by Chatelaine Magazine in June 1988 under a column entitled Hot Talents, as one of six east coast artists "....both up and coming and established, who are creating excitement among dealers and consultants across Canada."
" She evokes the gentle quality of the Nova Scotia landscape, using a warm natural palette to render an intimate and captivating realism. Her technical expertise, combined with a subtle sensitivity to the light and nuance of both the interior and exterior environment make her work immensely appealing."
The Casket, Antigonish, Nova Scotia
"The print shows an older, traditional home built by early scottish settlers. It is owned by Bernie MacLean and was inherited from his Father, Allan Hughie. No trees were left around the house except for a large apple tree out front. Wood stacked near the house is to be cut up for firewood and stored in the small shed. The house sits well up on Keppoch Mountain overlooking Ohio Valley in Antigonish County. The artist has endeavored to convey the isolation, hardship, and rugged individualism of the Scottish Settler." - V. MacLean
Etching; Edition 50; Size 7" x 18"; 1992; $175.
Technical Specifications - Feature Print
Paper - Arches Cover (Paper) (250 gm/m2)
Inks - Graphic Chemical , Charbonnel
Nine Colours applied to one plate a la poupee, etched in ferric
Plate - Copper: Heavy Gauge 1602
Press - Praga Press, 24 x 40 inch bed #T 207
Runs - 1 Run
This tranquil scene of a full yellow moon reflecting in the turn of a river, is rendered all in midnight blue, with lighter tones in the flowing river and the night sky.
Etching; Edition 60; Size 61/2" x 11" oval; 1994; $90.
This etching of a magnificent and complex sunset spreading in full splendour over a tranquil farmstead is rendered in two editions of 30 each, one printed with the sky in yellow and red, the farmstead in blue black, the other all in blue black.
Etching; Edition 30 - blue black, yellow, red; Edition 30 - blue black; Size 3"x 8"; 1994; $35.
Medium: Etching, indigo/white; Edition: 60; Size: 2 7/8" x 3 3/4"; Date: 1994; Price: $20.00
Medium: Etching, pink/white; Edition: 60; Size: 2 3/4" x 3 1/4"; Date: 1994; Price: $25.00
Medium: Etching 1)indigo 2)gold; Edition: 60; Size: 2 7/8" x 3 3/4"; Date: 1994; Price: $25.00
Medium: Etching, sepia; Edition: 60; Size: 2 3/4" diameter; Date: 1994; Price: $25.00
Medium: Etching, black/orange; Edition: 60; Size: 2 3/4" diameter; Date: 1994; Price: $25.00
Medium: Etching 1)green/white 2)green/pink; Edition: 30; Size: 3 1/2" x 5"; Date: 1994; Price: $35.00
Medium: Etching , reds/pinks; Edition: 50; Size: 3 3/4" diameter; Price: $50.00