Bruce McClain

Art Works


Totems.1961, oil on canvas triptych.

Collection of Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee, WI

Landscape Entombed. 1962

Collection of Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Aircraft Interiors

Hayabusa. 1978, oil on canvas.

Collection of 3M Corporate Headquarters, St. Paul, MN

Gustav. 1978, oil on canvas.

Collection of Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum,

Washington, D. C.

Islamic Interior. oil over acrylic, 54x66"


Delaunay's Guest. 1993, acrylic on canvas, 54x66".

Collection of Minnesota Department of Transportation, St. Paul, MN.

Duchamp's Ironing.

1997, acrylic on canvas, diptych.

Land and Sky Paintings

Studio Art Faculty Exhibition in the Hillstrom Museum

17 September- November 11, 2001

Click and hold curser over the image to move through QuickTime Panorama of the exhibition.



September 22- October 29, 1997, Schaefer Art Gallery, Faculty group exhition: "Unveiling the Imagination: 30 Years of Creativity"

November 4-Deceember 5, 1997, Schaefer Art Gallery, Guatavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN.

Summer 1998, Nexus Contemorary Art Center, Atlanta, Georgia.

Summer 2000, Nohr Art Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, WI.

October 2001, Faculty Exhibition, Hillstrom Museum, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN.

June 14 - July 27, 2002 Waseca Art Center, Waseca, MN.

November 20, 2006-January 21, 2007 Aerial Images: Artificial Horiizons

Painting is a method of asking questions. “Is this what I see? What do I remember? How do I feel about this experience?“

Ambiguity is an important element in the work. When I begin a painting with a subject that I can observe directly or just imagine many other influences become part of the process. The process maybe similar to driving a car through a rural landscape just after seeing a powerful film with an urban setting. The act of driving in the country is combined with the memory of the film. The two visual experiences are not literally merged, but do exist in the mind. Painting can make this kind of experience tangible. Multiple images can be present at the same time. This image is ambiguous because it encourages multiple readings with more than one finite subject.

Art, aviation, and auto racing are my areas of interest. Bringing these apparently diverse subjects together continues to be a fascinating challenge. The options for me have been to examine the two twentieth century machines, the automobile and aircraft, through the medium of paint on canvas: a traditional art medium begun in early Rennissance Europe. Early twentieth century artists recognized the similarity between the invention of machines and their own struggle to create a "modern art". Through my art I wish to revisit this relationship now at the beginning of the twenty-first century .

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