'A Certain Beauty in
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I have for a long time been intrigued by Rich McLean's artwork. Quite aside from the range of his style, his unique vision of the modern world, or his huge output, I am arrested, each time I view his works, by his pure mastery of drawing. Even in a quick study, one can see that every line is there with an innate sureness. Whether it be a portrait, the back of an old house, a cityscape or an interior study, every mark counts. As a fellow artist, I know this is enviable- and believe me, I am jealous! It is also not simply learnt draftsmanship. Each mark is felt, urgent and meaningful. He depicts the ordinary and the extraordinary and captures what it is to be human.'
Dr Deborah Wood.
‘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.'
Scott Mcleod - Copywriter
'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
A Certain Beauty in Un-Resolution... ART;
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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... ART;’ 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.
'As a psychologist who works predominantly with children, I am always on the lookout for sweet, uplifting heart-filling, snappy picture books. This one is beautiful!!!! '
- Dr Sharna Hughes
25% of all royalties directly benefit the Banksia Unit, for Child & Adolescent Mental Health at The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne.
'Every so often a book comes along that is meant to educate and help kids, not just on a “learn to read” level, but a deeper level that instils something that stays for life. One such book is “Grogan the Grateful Monster: What Do You Love?”
This book was written from the mindset of a man who is a scholar specializing in child psychology. He knows what’s going on in children’s minds and has dedicated some of his creations to make materials that help kids learn and grow.
Grogan the Grateful is an interactive iBook that helps kids learn how to read, and sends a meaningful message at the same time.
Grogan is a baby monster. Once he hatches he starts to wonder and observe and learn. He begins to learn that there are so many wonderful things in the world and that they make this world a wonderful place to be in. He teaches the art of being grateful and happy for what’s around us.'
I loved making 'Grogan the Monster' as part of my Masters of Education at Victoria University. A lot of my art is very dark and moody and comes from conflict and trauma, but for once I was allowed to let my inner child shine - this is a book I think I would want to read as a young child. From all accounts the little kids, (and the big kids), love it!