Sheila McClean

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Sheila McClean
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Born (1932-08-13)August 13, 1932
Died August 5, 2016(2016-08-05) (aged 83)
Nationality Irish
Occupation Teacher, Artist
Spouse(s) Raymond McClean
Children 2

Sheila McClean, RUA,[1] (1932 – 5 Aug 2016)[2] was an Irish painter, whose work was in the impressionist style.

Life and work[edit]

Sheila McClean was originally from Moville, County Donegal, Ireland, and later lived in Derry, Northern Ireland. She painted the land and sea around her.

Derek Hill, a great admirer of her work, said, "Her paintings capture the Donegal we all feel in retrospect".

Joseph McWilliams, PPRUA, said, "Her landscapes are painted landscapes, her boglands are expressive marks of paint, on richly textured surfaces redolent of bog cotton and dank brown pools..... Her work reflects a deep understanding of both place and paint".

Commenting on her most recent one woman exhibition McClean stated:

"Painting for me is a necessary means of self-expression. My desire as a painter is to establish a relationship between intuitive imagery, and a spontaneous method of painting. I try to achieve this, through a combination of economic statements, which are personal rather than purely descriptive and keeping myself aware of the life and integrity of the paint itself."

"Paint is the image. Image is the paint"



Further reading[edit]

  • ROWAN, Alistair. (2003). The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (reprint ed.). Yale University: Printing Press. ISBN 0-300-09667-4. 
  • LANDSCAPES (1997). North and South: Art of the State. Dublin: Stationery Office for OPW: Printing Press. ISBN 0-7076-4917-X.  (Catalogue of exhibition which opened in the Glebe Gallery, Churchill; artists include Sheila McClean.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ RUA Associate Sheila McClean Royal Ulster Academy, Northern Ireland. Retrieved 2 November 2006.
  2. ^ "Sheila McClean's vibrant personality and life matched her art". 13 August 2016. Retrieved 11 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Moville Parish, County Donegal, Diocese of Derry, Ireland.". Retrieved 7 January 2011. 

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