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Ford McLain
UAG Associate Member
Member Since: December 2nd, 2007
Page Last Updated: September 24th, 2020
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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 main approach to a painting typically starts with an idea, a title, a vision, or even the thought of a person (usually one of his muses). From there, he improvises like a jazz composition, each stroke, each choice of color plays off the previous strokes or color choices. He usually paints with music playing. He is a fan of playing Mingus, the Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan and many other artists, depending on his mood.

Over the past decade, McLain has participated in group and solo shows in the City of Albany and has sold paintings.

In addition to being a painter, McLain is the father of a wonderful teenage daughter, a teaching assistant in an alternative learning school, and, formally, an airport taxi driver. For 5 ½ years, he curated monthly art shows out of a popular wine bar in Albany, New York.

Ford P. R. McLain plans to live until he is over 100 and paint until his mind and body give out.

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+ Ford McLain's Artist Daybook
+ December 27th, 2007 at 04:44 pm