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Thorp Building

Thorp Building-220
Studio 1618
1620 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
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My paintings and drawings usually begin with direct observation. My paintings are built up through layers of thick impasto and translucent glazes, and tend to be quick, gestural, colorful impressions. My drawings are more contemplative, built up slowly with smoky layers of graphite and charcoal.

The works available in my shop now are specifically selected for Art-A-Whirl 2021, held the weekend of May 14-16. Because my studio will not be open for in-person visits, I put together this collection of small paintings and drawings that will be easy, I hope, to enjoy online. Going forward I will expand the shop to include a wider range of offerings.

A portion of each purchase benefits NEMAA (Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association), which strengthens and supports our local artist community with resources, promotion, and fellowship.

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William McClaren takes online orders for pickup and shipping through this website.

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By appointment only. Please indicate desired pickup times when you check out.


William McClaren takes commissions.

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Small Works - Still Life Paintings link to this group

These small studies are meant to be evocative of personal histories and transitions. I build up a textured surface by applying multiple paint layers, partially scraping them away after they have set, and applying new layers.

Small Works - Landscape Paintings link to this group

There’s a lot of color in a Minnesota landscape! These gestural impressions convey a sense of the beauty and joy that one can experience out there. They are made in two or three short sessions, combining layers of thick textured impasto with thin glazes. These paintings range in size from 6″ x 8″ to 11″ x 14″. Click an image for more information and to enlarge it.

Drawings link to this group

With these drawings I’m focusing on the calligraphic aspect of floral structures. Made with graphite powder on smooth paper. Each drawing is sold as an unframed  sheet. For display, the drawing should be matted and framed under glass or acrylic to protect its surface. Click an image for details and to enlarge it.

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