Chad McCail studied English at the University of Kent before obtaining a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London in 1989. His interest in literature and communication appear frequently in his work, which recalls the kind of visual information that we are shown every day. His drawings, paintings, prints and sculpture recall school textbooks, how-to guides, comics and the instructional pamphlets, posters and slogans that are a feature of public information campaigns.
Rather than using these modes as a figure of authority, telling us what we should or shouldn’t do, McCail uses these techniques to imagine and describe utopias where people take care of each other and share their resources without conflict. The structure of our society is the artist’s main concern; growing-up, education, work, economy, and our relationships with one another.
His recent solo exhibitions include: Systemic, Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland (2010).