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Ford P R McLain

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The artwork of Ford P. R. McLain, including items for sale.

Ford P R McLain


Ford P. R. McLain 
Ford P. R. McLain is a primitive-abstract painter living in Albany, New York. He is both a descendent of Italian immigrants and a son of the American Revolution. His influences include Paul Gauguin (his gateway painter), painters of the New York School of the 1940s and 1950s (Gorky, deKooning, Frankenthaler, Pollock, Mitchell, Kline, et al.), jazz musicians Charles Mingus and Miles Davis, playwright Sam Shepard, and filmmakers David Lynch and Stanley Kubrick. He began as a primitive painter, but in late 2013 McLain moved into abstract painting. Many of McLain’s paintings contain themes of spiritual liberation through the nexus of creativity and sexuality, as well as the connections between a painter and his muses (of which he has had a few). McLain’s...


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Albany, NY
United States


Paintings for Our Time Paintings created during the period of the 2020 covid-19 Pandemic (April 2020 - ?)
The Crimson Muse Paintings and other work inspired by my Crimson Muse.
Coffee Time! Paintings about Metaphysics
Soul Trip A series of paintings about a road trip of sorts.
The Red Series Painted in the summer of 2017, using oils and mixed media, this is a new direction for my primitive abstract art.
Nuova Musa, Nuove Visioni Una nuova galleria dedicata di gratitudine verso una nuova ispirazione artistica.
Abstracts In the fall of 2013, I began painting abstract pieces.
Madri, Muse e Amanti This gallery is dedicated to work that will be shown in my December solo show at The Wine Bar and Bistro on Lark. The pieces that are in here now will be shown. More pieces will follow.
The Sultry Muse A gallery of paintings inspired by my Sultry Muse.
Paintbrush A series of paintings involving a green paintbrush.
Paintings A general catalogue of paintings
Still Life Pieces Exclusively still-life paintings.
Going Blue More risque or erotic art...definitely not for the kids.
Sketches 11 items
The Sultry Muse - June 2012  The June 2012 show at the Wine Bar and Bistro on Lark is called, “The Sultry Muse,” and is dedicated to one major emotional and painting influence in Ford McLain’s life. “The Sultry Muse” continues to play on the concepts of liberation and redemption as well as glorify the link between creative passion and erotic passion.
The Road Trip Years 2009-2011 Paintings create between 2009 and 2011 that focused on seeking out the open road, sexual liberation, and escape. Not all paintings from the time period are in this gallery, just those that have the common theme.
Unavailable Pieces Pieces that are unavailable for sale.
Il Pittore Photographs of the Painter in his natural environment, done with an LG Android Prism II.
Works in Progress A gallery of works as they are being painted. Photos will be updated over time.


Twenty Five Years
Twenty-five years ago, November 1, 1995, I boarded an Amtrak train from Penn Station in NYC and rode to Albany, NY. I had nothing with me but a suitcase, garment bag, briefcase, box of books and a pair of bongos. Now, all these years later, I am dug in.

Two Pieces Showing at an Art Gallery in October
From Friday October 2 through Halloween, I will have two pieces at the Art Associates Gallery on 21 Railroad Avenue, in Albany, NY. It is part of an Upstate Artists Guild reunion show. The piece in the blog, "leg go (or be dragged)" is one of the two.

Just for kicks and to try something new, I have opened up an e-Bay account and put the painting to the right - "Planes of Existence" - in an auction.

Friday Night In The Cloister
There isn't much to do in Albany on a Friday night. The bars are closed. I don't need a coffee shop. I could read, but the mind is restless. On the left, a finished piece. On the right, a large piece in progress. In the center, an untouched, primed/unprimed wood, joint compound, and cloth canvas. Lou Reed's last Late Style work on the CD player. It's showtime, folks!

All The Universe Is In A Cup Of Coffee
All the universe Is in a cup of coffee. This is my new world. fprm 6-17-20

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