oil painting on wood panel, 18" x 15" 1/4'
The subject of McCleary’s paintings, drawings, and prints are individuals or items, often alone and rendered with such attention to detail. Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight has called McCleary “among the nest figurative painters working today.” McCleary says of his realist paintings, "Once I figured out the subject, you view the painting as a complex puzzle of colors, shapes, and how to lead the viewer through the painting.”
He is also the founder of ArtDivision: a nonprofit organization offering professional arts training, as well as academic and career support to young adults in the underserved MacArthur Park community in Los Angeles. Art Division is dedicated to providing youth aged 18–25 with accessible, affordable arts training and academic support from working artists, filmmakers, writers, educators, and other professionals. Located in a low-income, predominantly Hispanic neighborhood, Art Division is also committed to community engagement and building a thriving art resource within the community, presenting exhibitions, public lectures, film screenings, and special events throughout Los Angeles.