This site shows most of my art created since I graduated as a young, naive artist from art school in 1990.

My style has changed over the years as I continue to explore how and what to create.

I don’t really like catagories or labels, but for the purpose of describing my work, the changing styles can be defined in four periods which flow together and follow the story of my life:

My experimental ‘block’ architectural paintings during my final year at art school led on to faceless ‘block’ figure painting such as this large canvas:

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Over the next few years, these ideas became more personal, patterned and less architectural.
The faceless forms led on to a period of ‘blockhead’ paintings and constructions showing only the head. A more distorted and less ‘blocky’ figurative style developed too. Adding extra joints onto limbs allowed me to interlock my figures in dance.. and these paintings gave birth to a ‘Celtic Style’ around 1996 ( see ‘moondance’ here: )

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Celtic imagery is all around us here in Scotland so I was always going to try and create my own versions of this style one day.
My flat Celtic designs soon gave way to more realistic figurative paintings using interlocking people, seascapes and ‘shell hats’.

I once heard that explorers travelling to new lands used to wear a shell on their coat as a form of identification. I used this idea in my paintings to create a unique image and to connect with the experience and ordeal of migration and forced exodus.

Inspired by Bosch, Escher and Bruegel, I concluded the Celtic style with a series of sea paintings such as ‘the peartree’ and ‘between worlds’, linked below:

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An illness in 1999 stopped me working for a couple of years. Also becoming a father in 2000 meant I dedicated my time to my son whilst I rehabilitated.

When I began painting again in 2002/03, I developed faster, more expressive styles of painting to fit in with my new work and family.
This work can be collectively called my ‘Ethnic Style’. See ‘the mare’ below:

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With Celtic art, tribal art and surrealism still an inspiration, the ethnic style developed into an area of work where I focused on the face again.
Masks and strange distorted bone-like forms evolved and became the springboard for my recent style.

2010 saw the development of my beetle paintings.
These insects perfectly suited my love of the surreal, yet the idea evolved from my ethnic style. I used to draw eyes with huge lashes and one evening I imagined these eyes were insects crawling over the face. It seemed like a good idea to paint the beetles in a realistic way, so just like the Surrealists used ants, I started to use beetles:

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This period of work has helped me gain some popularity and my beetles have been seen in some of Scotland’s major exhibitions over the last five years.

My monochrome beetle imagery continues alongside more three dimensional work. In the future, I want sculpture to become my direction.
I think I have always been a sculptor in two dimensions. The imagery I have painted over the years has always been conscious of light and shade and strong form .. so maybe creating real objects makes sense.

In my time I have worked in studios in Dundee, St Andrews and Edinburgh, but currently I work in a studio at home in Dalmeny, near to the famous Forth Rail Bridge.

I live with my patient, funny and forgiving wife and my musical wizard 16 year old son.

Work is available for sale and also available for exhibition.

Contact me here with bubblemail or email me if you want to know more:

stephenpaulmclaren@yahoo.com

Thank you to everyone who visits, leaves a comment or bubblemails me x

  • Joined: November 2008

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Do you like recycled art?

Hi fellow Bubblers, I am asking if you would like to support my recycled artwork which is currently in a competition on Facebook. / The Recycling Art Foundation is a wide reaching Facebook page which promotes the world of creative recycling. / My creation ‘Bridle Mask’ is number 14 and if you click on the link below, you will find my work. Each artwork is looking for ‘likes̵…
Posted about 5 years – 4 comments

A massive THANKYOU!!!!!!!

Thank you a million times to all of you who see my work and leave comments!! Thank you to all of you who favourite my work and add me to your watchlists!! / Also a huge thank you to the wonderful support of Redbubble group hosts who choose to feature my art!! / I REALLY appreciate your support. I can only apologise to you wonderful people for not replying to your comments and features!! Every we…
Posted almost 6 years – 3 comments

The Grand Tour Continues!!

I am delighted to announce that my painting ‘the composer’ has been accepted into the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art’s 150th annual exhibition at the very grand Mitchell Library in Glasgow later this month! / This same painting has already graced the walls of the amazing Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh earlier this year. / When I was painting this canvas, I was keen t…
Posted about 6 years – 7 comments

I need your help!!!!

Hi everyone! I need a favour! / I put a drawing into the current online Saatchi competition last week and it needs votes to get it through to the next round. / If you appreciate my work and you like my drawing ’you’re not alone’, please have a go at voting for me! I’m in the top 300 just now but I might get voted out without your help. / Heres the link: / http://www.saatc…
Posted about 6 years – 8 comments

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