image: part two of a diptych. It incorporates a greater part of the overall painting's central area of splashed layers of colour, predominantly dark blues. The battleship is rendered top left, bisected by the edge of the canvas, [its prow appearing on the other side of the diptych]. An abstract olive-green shape features top right.
Part two of a diptych. unframed canvas 2130 x 1670 mm
'Broadside' is the explosive meeting point between media images of the Falklands campaign and Bruce McLean's deep
concerns about new directions in European painting during the 1980s. Painted in 1985, the painting makes reference to the way in which
events in the South Atlantic during the 1982 Falklands war appeared in the media. In particular the style of the painting echoes the
dramatic, much-reproduced photograph of HMS Antelope exploding. The prominence of the warship makes reference to the uncompromising
jingoism in media coverage of the sailing of the British Task Force.
The term 'broadside', while part of the vocabulary of naval encounters, also has a wider critical meaning and here McLean is making an
attack in what he saw as a cultural war. The reinvigoration of painting as a viable art medium during the early eighties launched a strong
force of new German and Italian painters who dominated the art market. McLean himself was prompted by the change of attitudes to take up
painting again in 1981. His salvo is directed at the art world hyperbole which accompanied the resurgence of European