Keight MacLean

Keight MacLean is a Toronto-based painter, born and raised in Kingston, Ontario. MacLean is a recent OCAD University graduate and an alumna of the school’s revered Florence Program, located in Florence, Italy.

Inspired by her time studying the old masters first hand, MacLean’s paintings combine the old with the new, reproducing historical portraits by hand before applying contemporary and experimental methods such as fluorescent spray paint, re-harvested artists’ mediums and destructive techniques.

With a love for European history, MacLean’s focus on women was born after years of reading male driven stories and wondering about the lives of the women in the paintings she admired. Her work now seeks to celebrate the many women in historical portraits, either without name, known only in reference to their male relations or entirely unknown, giving a voice to the silenced.

Keight MacLean has exhibited her paintings internationally and her work is in collections throughout Canada, the USA, Italy and the UK.

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2020 Artist Commentary

“In my best efforts of social distancing, I’m working from home for the next little. One of the main reasons I have a studio is because of limited space at home, so I knew I had to be smart when choosing what supplies to bring home. Gold leaf was an easy choice for me; for the small amount of space it takes up in my workspace, it seems to create such a huge impact! One small treat in being forced home is getting to remember how incredible the low light in my apartment makes these paintings look… they really glow in a magical and serene way that has a huge impact on the room, even with such a little piece!” – Keight MacLean

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Persistent explores women living their lives, pushing past adversity and trying times to achieve their goals during an era when women were seen first as their gender, and second as people.
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