Brant MacLean

paintings in oil – landscapes, cityscapes, portraits


March, 2015

Brant was invited to join the exhibition “Zusammenarbeit” in March of 2015 at River’s Edge Gallery. “Zusammenarbeit” is German for “collaboration.” The show was inspired by gallery director Jeremy Hansen’s trip to Berlin in August 2014. While visiting Germany, Hansen was befriended and inspired by twin brothers, known professionally as ANRA. The brothers collaborated on the art they exhibited. This gave Hansen the idea for the premiere show of the 2015 season. Metro Detroit artists were invited to submit pieces on which they collaborated with another artist. Brant MacLean exhibited two pieces with fellow painter Paul Tibedeau. Below is their collaborative statement and the photo that inspired their plein air paintings.

Brant MacLean and Paul Tibedeau

We collaborated by giving each other feedback and critiques on each

other’s paintings as we were working on them, by photographing our

paintings and emailing them to each other. Then we met for dinner to

look at the results and give a final critique. Our paintings were our own

interpretation of the same image, which was a photograph taken by

Brant of a scene in Kensington Metropark that is familiar to both of us

and has been painted ‘en plein aire’ in the past by both. We are both

members of a plein-air painting group, the Michigan Plein-air painters,

which meets and paints in the Kensington Metropark area every

Saturday morning.

As can be seen, the interpretations of the image are very different and

reflect the differences in painting styles. Paul initially painted the

stream a more colorful orange, but elected to change the color after

receiving feedback. Brant initially started the painting in a vertical

format but elected to change this to horizontal after feedback from


Brant also received collaboration with a painting he was working on,

Rosedale Park Garage. Paul suggested some brighter leaves on the

driveway and some changes to the garage roof. The upper part of the

roof was initially painted in a different grey color based on the photo

reference, showing wear to the shingles. Based on the discussion, Brant

decided that it was leading to confusion and distracting from the main

focal point, and so the roof was repainted using the same color as the

rest of the roof. Another friend, Heiner, made some suggestions about

a fence post on the left which was removed altogether.



·       Gold Award, Our Town Art Show, Birmingham, MI 2014

·       Best of Show, Lawrence St. Galley “Think Small” show 2013

·       Best of Show and 1st Place, Oil Painting, 2009 State Fair

·       Honorable Mention, 2010 Livonia Exhibition of Fine Arts

·       Honorable Mention, 2007 Grosse Point Art Center, “Our Rivers, Our Lakes”

Accepted in Juried Exhibits

·       Michigan Fine Arts Competition, 2010, 2012

·       Livonia Exhibition of Fine Arts, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014

·       Our Town Art Show, Birmingham, MI 2011, 2012

·       University of Michigan Dearborn Fine Arts Show, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014

·       Scarab Club Gold Medal Show, 2005-2006


·       Antioch College, BA, 1974, with minor in art

·       Evening classes at BBAC, 2007-2013

·       Drawing and painting from the live model, Scarab Club-1997-2012


·       Michigan Plein Air Painters, since 2007

·       Grosse Pointe Art Center since 2007

·       Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center since 2008

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