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‘A Certain Beauty in Un-Resolution’ reflects Richard McLean’s deeply personal mission of exploration, borne of a life lived with varyingly deliberate and unavoidable intensity. In his ongoing journey towards meaning and truth, his art straddles a seemingly endless parade of media and styles. Pieces question, plead, embrace and reject. They mock, celebrate, erupt and scurry into corners. But throughout the passionate and chaotic visual commentary there is undeniable consistency - his work is unfailingly visceral, immediate and evocative - like the man himself.'
'A Certain Beauty In Un-Resolution’ is a substantial life-affirming body of work by an artist who is not a passive observer, but a fully-engaged participant. Employing a visual language developed over 20 years that is urgent, sensitive and highly refined, Richard McLean’s visceral response to his world is often confronting. He utilises his considerable technical prowess across traditional and digital media to not merely record life’s myriad nooks and crannies but to question them, with surprising results.'
RMIT Classification: Trusted
“A Certain Beauty in Un-Resolution” is Rich McLean’s creative opus which launches us into his aesthetic and affective worlds with the words “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers.” I don’t know any viewer/readers who would not find themselves in those words and in the images that follow. McLean’s evocative drawings, paintings, digital media and multimodal artworks breathe with a life well-lived, a life immersed in the messiness, joy and heartache of contemporary urban culture. The sheer range of styles, colours, forms, and subjects over these vibrant 232 pages is a visual journey through the viscera of everyday life. Each page heaves with life. I highly recommend this compendium to anyone interested in the arts, wellbeing, resilience and lifelong learning/becoming.”
Principal Research Fellow, RMIT University
Director, Creative Agency research lab www.creativeresearchhub.com
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Creativity is the life source of acutely sensitive people. Without creativity, taking another breath to greet the day can be beyond challenging. We all need to communicate our story in some way and Rich’s book 'A Certain Beauty In Un-Resolution’ explores his way of communicating how he views the multidimensional landscape of life and beyond. Art is a channel of release and exploration. Rich has never been shy in exploring beyond the boundaries of normality. No true artist ever can.