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Sheila McClean

Sheila McClean

Sheila McClean, RUA, (1932 – 5 Aug 2016) was an Irish painter, whose work was in the impressionist style.


Life and work

Sheila McClean was originally from Moville, County Donegal, Ireland, and later lived in Derry, Northern Ireland. She painted the land and sea around her.

Derek Hill, a great admirer of her work, said, "Her paintings capture the Donegal we all feel in retrospect".

Joseph McWilliams, PPRUA, said, "Her landscapes are painted landscapes, her boglands are expressive marks of paint, on richly textured surfaces redolent of bog cotton and dank brown pools..... Her work reflects a deep understanding of both place and paint".

Commenting on her most recent one woman exhibition McClean stated:

"Painting for me is a necessary means of self-expression. My desire as a painter is to establish a relationship between intuitive imagery, and a spontaneous method of painting. I try to achieve this, through a combination of economic statements, which are personal rather than purely descriptive and keeping myself aware of the life and integrity of the paint itself."

"Paint is the image. Image is the paint"


  • National Self Portrait Collection, Limerick.
  • Derek Hill Collection, County Donegal.
  • D.F.P (NI Civil Service).
  • UTV Collection, Belfast.
  • The Harverty Trust.
  • Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) Offices, Belfast.
  • UNISON Collection, NI & UK.
  • Commissions

  • Stations of the Cross, St. Pious X Church, Moville, Co. Donegal.
  • Belfast Calendar 1991
  • References

    Sheila McClean Wikipedia