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Jazz and Abstraction: Art by Melvin Clark

An abstract painting with overlapping geometric formsHabitat

Melvin Clark is a Pennsylvania-based artist who creates colorful paintings of jazz and abstraction. Influenced in part by the New York jazz scene of the 1980’s, Melvin’s painting focused on a wide range of subject matter but brings a certain musical sensibility to every image.


A painting with abstract and realistic momentsRemembrance


I’m really enjoying some of the works in Melvin’s abstract gallery in his online portfolio. These works seem to distill the stylistic choices in the rest of Melvin’s practice into pure aesthetics. Each one is arranged in an almost grid-like fashion, with overlapping shapes and bright planes of color interacting in a way that suggests wild movement and bright lights. Curved and straight lines intersect to draw the viewer’s eye across the entirety of the canvas, trying to spot a repeating pattern or reveling in the intuitive nature of the work.


A screen capture of Melvin Clark's art websiteThe front page of Melvin's website


Melvin’s entire portfolio circles around a very cohesive color scheme, with bright blue hues intercepted by stripes of warm pinks and browns. The artist is impressively able to switch from a highly stylized, geometric abstract style into a sleek, contoured realism, depicting human figures in surreal, colorful scenes. 

A stylized painting by Melvin ClarkOnce Upon a Time in Mexico

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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