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Ford P R McLain

Artist directory :: Ford P R McLain

2020, oil on canvas (40" x 40")

Roswell (March 1955)

The Crimson Muse

Paintings and other work inspired by my Crimson Muse.


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


Soul Trip A series of paintings about a road trip of sorts.
Coffee Time! Paintings about Metaphysics
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.


"Temporarily Closed"
Walking down Delaware Avenue, this is what I see: a movie theatre - one that I regularly visit usually on my own - closed because of our need to prevent the further spread of a virus. Movie theatres have always be refuges for me. They have been places to go when I needed to remove myself from trying issues of the day...and to sometimes get out of my own head. But now, for legitimate reasons, I can't even do that.

Tree Awaits A Dreamer
Alone on a hill A tree awaits a dreamer A lover, a friend. (c) 2020 fprmclain

Coming Soon...
Promotion of a new book of poetry by the poet Dylan Krieger

Books Read
In my approach to art, reading is essential. Inspiration can come from ideas, individuals, phrases, titles, or the totality of a book. This is the list of books which I (or mostly) have completed in 2019. Where the Heart Beats, Kay Larson The Moon and Sixpence, W.

Do you have to be an asshole to be a great artist?
No. Don't forsake your children. Don't abuse your significant other(s). Don't physically or verbally or emotionally hurt people. Don't commit consent violations. Don't be rude to your gallery owners, patrons or potential benefactors. Learn how to say, thank you, and always offer a cup of coffee to anyone who takes the time to visit your studio to see your art. And be patient with people who talk about art with you who may ask what you perceive to be stupid, silly, or - worse yet - patronizing...

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