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Ford P R McLain

Artist directory :: Ford P R McLain

2023, oil on wood (23.5" x 12")

Darkness Visible #9 (Misdiagnosis)

Darkness Visible

New Paintings, using squeegee and other implements, starting in Spring 2023. Title inspired by William Styron's memoir of madness.


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 collaboration between a painter and his muses. McLain’s main approach to a...


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Albany, NY
United States


Studies for the Soul New Paintings of a Spiritual Nature, starting in late 2022, inspired by contemplations and meditations on art and the soul.
Paintings for Our Time Paintings created during the period of the 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.


On The Air
Saturday night, April 1, I appeared on DJ Mor's Horas de Amor radio show on WCDB Albany and had a great time talking art, music, and egg creams. It was a fun 2 hours.

Studies for the Soul
My show, "Studies for the Soul: Abstracts by Ford P. R. McLain", will be held on April 14, 6 - 10 p.m., and April 15, 3 - 7 p.m., with Q&A with the painter both shows.

Old Cliches That Do An Artist No Good
There are a few ideas (or cliches) about the art life that I reject: 1.) You can't be content and make great art; 2.) You must sacrifice everything, including your family and your children, for your art; and 3.) You need booze, weed, acid, or other substances to make art. Be kind to yourself, try to be content, seek lucidity, and always always always take care of your kids and your family.

The canvas is ready.

The Cloister on February 7, 2023

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