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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

James McLaughlin Way

"At the age of nine, Way began attending the Atlanta College of Art, and at twelve, North Carolina’s Brevard College. At nineteen, Way was selected for advanced studies in illustration at Atlanta’s Portfolio Center, after which, he began his professional career as an illustrator, working with leading advertising agencies and clients such as the Coca-Cola Company, Major League Baseball, CNN, Sports Illustrated, AT&T, the Marine Corps, and others. In addition to his formal training in art, he has gained significant practical knowledge and experience from the close mentor relationships he has developed with working artists. Throughout his career, his work has been published in numerous magazines and books, and in 1999, he received both a Clio and a Gold Mobius Award at the International Film Festival. His work has also won Addy Awards in several districts as well as a Gold Gamma Award.

Despite being acclaimed as an illustrator, his passion is painting. Way paints large-scale, breathtaking ‘cloudscapes’ and studies of the human form that demonstrate an extraordinary ability to capture movement, strength and the sensual shape. Way describes his painting process as being “almost primal”. To capture the desired movement in his paintings, he often paints wildly to music, and many times the process leaves him covered with paint head to toe.

“When I look at art, I try to look without words. Sometimes the intellect gets in the way and this is similar to talking about life instead of experiencing it. I try not to let my Self disappear behind the subject, because art fulfills its highest purpose when it is accompanied by the Self. One uses it rather than being used by it.”

In trying to describe my experience of painting as a process of creation, and what individual paintings “mean” to me, I find my descriptions to sound monotonous and obviously invented, compared to the experience itself. I become lost amidst the infinite number of possibilities and new impressions. You already know what art means because you see art with your heart, not your head. Trust your heart, and try to look without words as I wish for you the fulfillment of all of a free heart’s desires."

© James McLaughlin Way

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