Calum McClure was born in 1987 and graduated in Drawing and Painting from Edinburgh College of Art in 2010. McClure’s drawings, prints and paintings depict country estates, cemeteries, national parks and botanical gardens “places created for man’s solace and pleasure.”
He thinks about these places as a modern Arcadia; into which people can escape for a few hours every week. Through painting, monotype and etching McClure explores the complexity of images taken from nature that at first look simple. His work evokes atmospheres, especially through the representation of light, shadow and reflections. Some of his images are almost abstract, others quite clearly representational, produced from intense scrutiny of details of grounds and vistas, views from particular places all with their possibility for further imaginative exploration.
He is an artist who dreams as he sees and concentrates deeply as he paints, enabling others who view his work to be transported in a similar way. The images are intended to be positive, beautiful and lyrical, those of a precious environment, to be nurtured, contemplated and celebrated. Recent work has taken inspiration from various source images, including film stills, photographs from train windows and other photographs taken whilst walking.