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McLean Edwards

Born 1972


Born in Darwin, McLean Edwards studied at the Canberra School of Art and had his first solo exhibition in Sydney in 1995. In 2001 he had a work selected for the annual Sulman Prize exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. A newspaper reviewer once commented that McLean Edwards' strange caricature-like portraits had the ability to expose "an essential vulnerability of the human condition", that his comic sense of social realism presented individuals as if "refugees of a bygone era... floating anchorless in today's ostensibly classless society." (SMH, 10.2.1995) Edwards' practice to date has concentrated on the human figure – especially the history of portraiture. Stylistically, they reveal the influence of artists such as William Dobell – the solemn, elongated faces of Edwards' subjects an obvious reference to Dobell's controversial 1944 Archibald portrait of Joshua Smith.


Australian War Memorial Museum, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Allens Arthur Robinson, Artbank , Deutsche Bank, PT Kodel (Indonesia), Macquarie Bank

McLean Edwards art

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Artwork Title:
All In the Family
oil on canvas
180cm x 180cm

signed verso

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