Will Maclean is a Scottish artist whose work is heavily influenced by his connection with landscape, the coast and the sea. Before attending Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen (1961-65) Maclean worked at sea as a midshipman (1957-59).
The critic and writer Duncan Macmillan writes in his introduction to the monograph on Maclean 'Symbols of Survival' "Will Maclean is one of the outstanding artists of his generation in Scotland...his art is rooted in his knowledge of the Highlands, the Highland people, and their history and in his own early associations with sailors and the sea. This makes it relevant and immediately accessible, yet it remains uncompromisingly modern in it's forms and concerns."
Maclean's work is in many public collections including Arts Council of Great Britain; The British Museum; Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow City Art Galleries; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Scottish Arts Council; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; McMaster Museum, Canada; and Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, USA.