HEATHER MCLEAN

Calgary / Canada

Heather McLean is a tattoo artist and illustrator from Calgary, Canada. Heather creates surrealist figurative paintings informed by her 15 years of illustration, graphic design and tattoo experience. Heather McLean’s art is featured in the URBAN NATION 2018 exhibition, ‘UN-DERSTAND The Power of Art as a Social Architect’. […]

Biography / HEATHER MCLEAN

Heather McLean is a tattoo artist and illustrator from Calgary, Canada. Heather creates surrealist figurative paintings informed by her 15 years of illustration, graphic design and tattoo experience. Heather McLean’s art is featured in the URBAN NATION 2018 exhibition, ‘UN-DERSTAND The Power of Art as a Social Architect’.

Heather McLean studied painting in Edmonton, Amsterdam, and Vancouver, and began her tattoo career in 1999, as one of the only female tattooists in Alberta. Her art appears on the human skin, but also on canvas, paper and concrete. She creates surrealist figurative paintings in which she straddles at the intersection between the phenomenal and the nominal world, using the human form to put the insides on the outside. Her main influences include astrophysics, quantum mechanics, biology, psychology, physical and mental yoga, and Advaita Hinduism.