The paintings of John Cleaveland, Jr. are more than mere landscapes. They reflect his incredible attention to detail and his knowledge and respect of the history of the South. The abstraction of light and shadow, the harsh beauty of nature, and the cycle of life and death are all given space in his paintings.
Cleaveland received his BFA degree from the University of Georgia and held a Graduate Assistantship in the Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy. He has exhibited his work at the Albany Museum of Art (GA), University of Georgia, Madison Cultural Center (GA) and the Lyndon House Art Center (GA). His paintings are part of the collections of the Morris Museum of Art (GA), 3-M Company (MN), Bessemer Trust (GA), and the Alabama Power Company.
"I paint because I want you to see how I see, to convey to you how the world looks and feels to me.
I share what I have learned about a place by painting it. I want you to walk away from my work with a new template for seeing the world around you, and to leave you full of questions. Looking back on 30 years of work, I realize that I will never get it all done, that I will run out of time before I run out of inspiration."