Vander McClain

“My paintings are distillations of natural objects and found moments in remote environments. Documented on-site, I relay an objective relationship to my subject, so the engagement remains pure. I present them as they are, following their shapes, lines, ridges, and contours exactly as they are formed and found. Over the course of my life as an artist, I learned everything I know about color, composition, contrast, and light by studying and recording nature.”

“My current series, Field Notes, is a compilation of pictorial documentation from 23 locations in the American West created over the period of ten years. My paintings highlight and catalog the various specimens found in their diverse ecosystems and terrains. The images, simplistic and nonobjective, catalog and record my experience in and relationship to nature. The works are presented in grids according to geography, designed to create a broader survey of the landscape’s geologic and ecologic diversity. This includes evidence of myself, the artist. My hat, vest, and jacket become part of the objects in the series to serve as existential side notes alongside the main source material.”

Vander McClain received an MFA in painting from Parsons School of Design in New York, studying under Glenn Goldberg. He also studied painting in Umbria, Italy. He received his BFA from Oklahoma State University studying with Marty Averett. McClain was awarded an apprenticeship under master printmaker Bill Goldston at Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE) in New York, an experience that was instrumental in his development as an artist. While at ULAE, in direct communication with the artists, he worked on lithography editions for Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Julian Lethbridge, and Terry Winters. Additionally, McClain was studio assistant for Jane Hammond, Elizabeth Murray, Carrol Dunam, and Laurie Simmons. McClain’s work has been exhibited in galleries in New York. He currently lives and works in Seattle, Washington.

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Ponderosa December 15, 2021
 Hells Canyon Wilderness, Oregon
 Gouache, ink and graphite on paper
 21 ¾” x 18 ¼”

Ponderosa
December 15, 2021
Hells Canyon Wilderness, Oregon
Gouache, ink and graphite on paper
21 ¾” x 18 ¼”

Ancient Limber pine December 8, 2021
 Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Oregon
 Gouache, ink and graphite on paper
 11 ¾” x 9”

Ancient Limber Pine
December 8, 2021
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Oregon
Gouache, ink and graphite on paper
11 ¾” x 9”

Basalt & Lichen July 5, 2019 Lolo National Forest, Montana Gouache, ink and graphite on paper
 11 ¾” x 9”

Basalt & Lichen
July 5, 2019
Lolo National Forest, Montana
Gouache, ink and graphite on paper
11 ¾” x 9”

Pine December 14, 2021
 Hells Canyon Wilderness, Oregon Gouache, ink and graphite on paper 21 ¾” x 18 ¼”

Pine
December 14, 2021
Hells Canyon Wilderness, Oregon
Gouache, ink and graphite on paper
21 ¾” x 18 ¼”

Basalt 2 April 24, 2019 Metolius River, Oregon Gouache, ink and graphite on paper 11 ¾” x 9”

Basalt 2
April 24, 2019
Metolius River, Oregon
Gouache, ink and graphite on paper
11 ¾” x 9”

Basalt October 7, 2021 Diamond Craters, Oregon Gouache, ink and graphite on paper 11 ¾” x 9”

Basalt
October 7, 2021
Diamond Craters, Oregon
Gouache, ink and graphite on paper
11 ¾” x 9”

Basalt & Rose December 11, 2021 Hells Canyon Wilderness, Oregon
 Gouache, ink and graphite on paper 21 ¾” x 18 ¼”

Basalt & Rose
December 11, 2021
Hells Canyon Wilderness, Oregon
Gouache, ink and graphite on paper
21 ¾” x 18 ¼”

Shells, Feather & Fly September 2, 2018
 Elk Camp, Colorado Gouache, ink and graphite on paper
 11 ¾” x 9”

Shells, Feather & Fly
September 2, 2018
Elk Camp, Colorado
Gouache, ink and graphite on paper
11 ¾” x 9”

Night Sky December 11, 2021
 Hells Canyon Wilderness, Oregon
 Gouache, ink and graphite on paper
 21 ¾” x 18 ¼”

Night Sky
December 11, 2021
Hells Canyon Wilderness, Oregon
Gouache, ink and graphite on paper
21 ¾” x 18 ¼”

Vander McClain, Pine Cone April 25, 2019 Metolius River, Oregon Gouache, ink and graphite on paper 11 ¾” x 9”

Pine Cone
April 25, 2019
Metolius River, Oregon
Gouache, ink and graphite on paper
11 ¾” x 9”

Stem & Cone December 8, 2021 Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Oregon
 Gouache, ink and graphite on paper 11 ¾” x 9”

Stem & Cone
December 8, 2021
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Oregon
Gouache, ink and graphite on paper
11 ¾” x 9”

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