John Fraser Mcleish

1916 - 1968

Artist biography

John Fraser Mcleish was a creative visual artist. Born in 1916, John Fraser Mcleish passed away in 1968. Artists like José Levasseur, Joseph Goto, Ross Huggins, Jack Crippen, and Russell Woeltz were also born in 1916.

Further Biographical Context for John Fraser Mcleish

John Fraser Mcleish was born in 1916 and was primarily influenced creatively by the 1930s growing up. On a global scale this period can be best characterised by the clash between the world’s leading political philosophies - Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. In the United States, the Great Depression had a tremendous impact on artistic production, with many artists focusing on the agrarian and the modest man in the streets. It was the first time in US history that widespread movements of artists began to address politics, and attempted to use their art to impact society. Artists organized exhibitions on social and political themes such as poverty, lack of affordable housing, anti-lynching, anti-fascism, and workers' strikes.

John Fraser Mcleish

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