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

Jay McClellan

Jay McClellan

In painting I examine the visual concept of “flat space” by moving objects back and forth on the canvas’s two-dimensional plane. Juxtaposing bold colors with graphic pattern and unique designs, my visual combinations excite my audience’s attention to the calm and earnest dogs that surround me in my everyday life. Indebted to modern and contemporary painters such as Alex Katz and Fairfield Porter, my large-scale paintings allow me to reveal the uniqueness of my family, which are primarily portraits of my dogs and my wife in our home. The calmness that it brings to me, and the happiness that they bring to me, I want to paint those ideas. -JAY MCCLELLAN

b. 11 May 1976, US


2008 MFA (MASTERS OF FINE ART), The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, Drawing & Painting

2006 BFA (BACHELOR OF FINE ART), Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN, Drawing

1996 ASSOCIATE IN GRAPHIC DESIGN, Remington College, Little Rock, AR, Graphic Design

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