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Ford P R McLain

Artist directory :: Ford P R McLain

2022, oil on canvas (8" x 10")

Coffee in the Infinite

Paintings for Our Time

Paintings created during the period of the Covid-19 Pandemic (April 2020 - ?)


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


Haiku Small paintings reflecting simple truths, with connections to nature (sort of)
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.
Abstracts In the fall of 2013, I began painting abstract pieces.


Getting Back To My Roots
In order to type poems and maybe write the novel/screenplay about painting, God, and the conical projectile, I made an investment in some old technology.

As a painter, I am content to work on my art; take my walks; savor my coffee and cigars; read biographies of artists of various media, as well as books on Zen, religion, psychology, poetry, novels; share on this website or Twitter (@FordMcLain), as well with friends and confidantes. Sales and fame are gravy...and fleeting. Life is good.

The Life of a Painter's Cat
Notice the blue paint. She jumps up on me and I cannot resist petting her.

No Better Place To Hide
...than an air-conditioned movie theater when it is hot out.

Life In My Cloister

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