Nicholas Maclean is one of two partners in the private art gallery, Eykyn Maclean, formed in December 2005. The gallery, founded with Christopher Eykyn, specializes in museum quality 19th and 20th-century art and has locations in both New York and London.
The gallery has instituted a program of scholarly exhibitions, which has included shows on Van Gogh, Giacometti, Matisse, Warhol and Twombly. They also exhibit at Frieze Masters in London and at Frieze and Tefaf at the Armory in New York. The majority of their business is carried out privately and has included the brokering of major Impressionist and 20th-century American and European works in the very highest price range as well as many sold below $100,000. They also hold an inventory of works produced from 1940-70.
Eykyn Maclean has been closely involved with the sponsorship of exhibitions including the Tate (“Gauguin”, “Gerhard Richter – Panorama” and “The World goes Pop”) and the National Portrait Gallery (“Giacometti portraits” and “Cézanne portraits”), and regularly assists museums in securing loans from private collections.
Prior to forming the business, Maclean was at Christie’s auction house for sixteen years where he was one of the company’s principle auctioneers, co-head of the Impressionist and Modern department in New York from 1998 until 2004 with Christopher Eykyn, and international director in the same field working out of the chairman’s office until their departure together at the end of 2005. Maclean joined Christie’s London in 1990 as a specialist in 19th-century European paintings and moved to New York in 1995 as head of department. Prior to this, he worked at Phillips auctioneers as a European paintings specialist between 1985 and 1990, and with the London Old Master dealers Harari and Johns in 1984.
Maclean and Eykyn are consulted frequently by the press for their opinions on the state of the art market, and since the formation of the business, in addition to the many important works on which they have advised their collectors in the private market, the two partners have also purchased several hundred million dollars worth of paintings and sculpture at public auction on behalf of their clients.