William Maclean MBE RSA RSW RGI

Painter, maker of constructions, and teacher. Will Maclean came from a fishing family, and from the mid-1970s he worked on sculptures and constructions which reflected his interest in the sea, Scottish history, and folklore.

He was elected RSA in 1991, and his work is represented in many public collections, including those of The British Museum, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and the Scottish Arts Council.


Lives and works in Fife

Represented by Art First London


Hon D.Litt. St Andrews University


Hon . D. Litt. University of Aberdeen

Hon .Fellow University of the Highlands



Scottish National Heritage Award – 1997

Scottish Arts Council Award – 1992

Creative Scotland Award – 2000

Spirit of Scotland Award – 1998

Civic Trust Award – 1997

Saltire Society Award with Marian Leven RSA


Solo Exhibitions

Richard Demarco Gallery – 1970 – 83

Scootish National Gallery of Modern Art – 1986

Talbot Rice Gallery/Glasgow Kelvingrove -0 1992

Art First London – 1998/2000/2003/2008

Museum of North Dakota, USA – 1999

Macmaster University, Canada – 1992

DCA Dundee – 2007

Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh Festival – 1999

Kilkenny Festival Artist, Ireland


Aberdeen Art Gallery

Aberdeen City Libraries

Argyllshire Education Trust

Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador

Arts Council of Great Britain

BBC Scotland

British Transport

British Museum

Broadfield Hospital, Skye

Carlow Town Collection, Oreland

Contemporary Art Society

Clare College, Cambridge

Comhairle Nan Eilean, Isle of Lewis

Dumbarton Education Trust

Dundee District Council

Dundee University

Edinburgh City Art Gallery

Fanim Hall Collection, Vancouver, Canada

Ferens Art Gallery, Hull

Fife Education Authority

Fleming Wyfold Foundation, London

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Glasgow Art Gallery, Kelvingrove

Government Art Collection, London

Highland Regional Council

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Isle of Man Council

Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery

King’s College, Cambridge

Lille Art Gallery, Milngavie McLaurin Art Gallery and Museum, Ayr

Maclean Art Gallery, Greenock

McManus Art Gallery, Dundee

McMaster University, Ontario, Canada

Motherwell District Council

Mitchell Library, Glasgow

National Library of Scotland

National Trust for Scotland

North Dakota Museum of Art, USA

Oldham Museum and Art Gallery

Perth Museum and Art Gallery

Peterhead Museum and Art Gallery

Readers Digest Collection, USA

Royal Scottish Academy Collection

Rhode Island School of Design, USA

St Andrews University Collection

Scottish Arts Council

Scottish Craft Collection

Scottish Fisheries Museum

Scottish Life Collection, London

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Scottish Office Collection, Edinburgh

Scottish Television

Smith Art Gallery, Stirling

Stoke on Trent Art Gallery

Scunthorpe Art Gallery

Texaco Collection

Westfield State Collection, Mass, USA

Western Isles Hospitals Collection, Stornoway

Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven, USA