John L. Cleaveland, Jr. was born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1963. Currently he lives in Framington, Georgia.
The paintings of John L. 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 cyle of life and death are all given space in his paintings.
Cleaveland recieved his BFA degree from University of Georgia and held a Graduate Assistanship 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.
He has an interest in trains due to his son Atticus' childhood hobby. John also loves history - especially the Civil War era. He is an active "Living History" participant and has slept on battlefields and painted many of the battle fields where Union and Confederate soldiers fought. His favorite quote is Abraham Lincoln's "It's not the years in your life, it's the life in your years."
He has been featured many times in Southern Distinction - a southern lifestyle magazine for his artwork where some of this information is from. (authors Chip Coffey and Tiffany King)
JOHN L. CLEAVELAND Jr.
"The muse won't come if the door is not open and the door won't open if you're not working. What motivates me to paint is finding a place that I'm pulled into because of specific light, or the fact that the landscape bears witness to great events or conflicts."