Malcolm “Mac” McClain Ink Drawing


Item3 Legged Man, ink drawing

Designer/Maker: Malcolm “Mac” McClain (1923-2012) – A native son of Los Angeles, McClain was an unpretentious intellectual who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, painted, drew, and wrote poetry after WWII in Paris, New York, and Mexico City. He also threw clay in Peter Voulkos’ seminal class of first-generation Abstract Expressionist Ceramicists at the Los Angeles County Art Institute. While living in Tijuana in the late 1950s, McClain began teaching at the Art Center in La Jolla (now MCASD) and later became a professor of sculpture and ceramics at Cal State Los Angeles, where he remained until his retirement in 1988. A gruff, charismatic figure to his students, McClain was a lifelong anti-authoritarian, an attitude shaped by his combat experience and disdain for hypocrisy. As part of an overall practice that included sculpture, painting, and ceramics, McClain was also devoted to writing and drawing. He filled intimate notebooks with typed texts, handwritten poems, clippings and commentary, along with curious collages, delicate watercolors, and bold, inky brushwork.

Description: Sculpture studies in ink on notebook paper. Great image (along the lines of James Lee Hansen) and combination of the intimate and casual sketch, yet having the formal finality of a title and date. Titled and dated 1953, but unsigned. Exhibited in San Diego and New York City in the exhibition Malcolm McClain: Visual, Textual. This work is from the Estate Of Mac McClain and comes with a certificate from the Estate.

Dimensions: 8.75 x 6.65 inches

Condition: Very good

Price: $400

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