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Publisher Description

‘A Certain  Beauty In Un-Resolution’ is a substantial life-affirming body of work by an artist who is not a passive observer, but a fully-engaged participant. Employing a visual language developed over 20 years that is urgent, sensitive and highly refined, Richard McLean’s visceral response to his world is often confronting. He utilises his considerable technical prowess across traditional and digital media to not merely record life’s myriad nooks and crannies but to question them, with surprising results.

– Jim Pavlidis (Artist and illustrator for 'The Age'),  www.jimpavlidis.com

'A Certain Beauty in Un-resolution…’ART;’  is the stunningly ineffable & prolific visual portfolio of the traditional artist & digital illustrator: Rich McLean.

An autoethnographic and autobiographical narrative, it encompasses over two decades of passionate image making, from traditional urban and city landscapes of his native antipodean Melbourne to stunning digital illustrations, including hybrid works that combine both methods effortlessly.

This book, bereft of the written word beholds a rich array of images across multiple symbolic narratives, emotional and spiritually rich dimensions and physical locations, thrilling and delighting the committed art connoisseur and layperson alike.

This iBook represents an authoritative command of the visual language of graphic, illustrative and traditional drawing genres.  McLean’s practical work ethic over his life is formidable and unyielding, so evident within these invigorated plates.

This is a collection of original inventiveness to be rightfully acknowledged and lovingly celebrated. It is of interest to those studying traditional drawing, illustration, news graphics illustration and even arts therapy and spirituality in art.

Rich McLean is a human-rights awarded author, a past illustrator of ‘The Age’ newspaper, a children’s book illustrator, has been a practising artist nationally and internationally for over two decades and is studying his Doctor of Philosophy at Victoria University, Melbourne.


If you look closely you will see the evolution of the concepts for his dissertation; a doctorate exploring the ethics of being human in a posthuman world.

A visual feast for the soul.

Arts & Entertainment
January 26
Shaman Sounds
Grades 12-13

Customer Reviews

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This collection juxtaposes in one volume a diverse range of visual approaches to an equally diverse range of human (and trans-human) existential subjects. While a number of images arrested my attention for a time, I found it particularly enjoyable to move from page to page at a determined clip, feeling the divergent rhythm created by the disparate styles as they pleasantly jarred my senses. In this way I jumped from smudged black and white to sharp contrasting colors to complicated spatial relationships to simplistic still-lifes to symbolic maps of non-physical realities to... the otherwise unidentifiable thread of artistic ownership running throughout. This journey is first Rich McClean’s, then the reader’s, and finally a unique composite of both. Give it a go. Map it yourself. See where Rich and you take you. Because this particular route is more than scenic. It is indeterminate.

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Blue Like Jazz

I am very impressed with the range of visual manipulation. I’ve never taken art appreciation. so take my very subjective opinions with a grain of salt. Being a musician I relate everything to music. In particular I liked the work on pg.10 in that it reminds me of the only lyrics Robert Fripp (founder of King Crimson) every wrote for the group in 40+ years of existence.

Cigarrettes, Ice Cream
Of the Virgin Mary

-King Crimson ’The Great Deceiver’ [CHORUS]

Fripp says the lyric is inspired by a trip to Vatican City. The rest of the somewhat controversial lyrics are provided by the late John Wetton.

I won’t try to put on any aires, with any half-baked, non-sense critiques; other than to say your meta-evaluation of "un-resolution" makes sense to me now.. reminds me of the trope about writing: “Show don’t tell.”

Apropos writing: “Blue Like Jazz: Non-Religious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality” by Donald Miller captures a similar essence of Christianity thematically as is present in the McLeans’

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