I call my art "Composing with Color". Everyone hears music differently. The way we perceive art is shaped by our taste and by emotions, situations, and personalities. My canvas is the manuscript on which the notes are painted. I have attempted to have music take on physical colors as it travels through air. My ideal vision would be to create a world in colors as Thelonious Monk created a world of sound.
I am a graduate of The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA. I have had solo exhibitions in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Miami and Frankfurt, Germany. I have received a grant from the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Artist Fellowship Inc, New York, NY.
George McClements is a New Orleans artist living and working in the Bywater neighborhood.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words. Composing With Color
Describe yourself in one word. Caffeinated
What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work? All my art is influenced by jazz and blues music. What better place then New Orleans to be immersed in music 24/7.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
I usually hear a passage of music at a club, on a cd or the radio, and I get an image in my mind of a gesture, movement or color that will start a new painting.
Where do you draw inspiration? Music
Who are your artistic influences or gurus? JMW Turner, Frans Kline, DaKooning, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?Jazz and Blues
Where can we find you when you are not creating art? Music venues, Bywater Art Lofts, New Orleans Museum of Art, Contemporary Art Center, coffee shops
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year? Evenings in the Fall
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Where You Can Find My Work
All works listed online are available to be viewed at Where Y’Art Gallery by appointment.
My studio is located at the Bywater Art Lofts at 3725 Dauphine St #112, New Orleans, LA 70117.
Please send me a message for a studio visit.