James Clover, born in Iowa 1938, is an internationally known American artist and academician. After receiving his MFA from Tulane University in New Orleans, the artist taught and created as Professor of Sculpture and Drawing for over 30 years.
Several U.S. cities boast sculpture parks which host the work of both James Clover and Alexander Calder. Major museum collections, holding works by the artist, includes the High Museum of Art Atlanta as well as Mississippi Museum of Art. In 1998, a major Clover installation was completed by Emory University in Atlanta. The artist’s works may also be found in numerous private collections around the world.
“I think of my work in terms of music. I am very interested in American Jazz. In it’s purest form iconic or traditional jazz is a trio. The three instruments consist of a piano, bass, and drums. The piano has an incredible range of sounds. I think of color in the same terms as a piano. Bass is a very strong and bold instrument, which provides support for the piano. When working with black this is what I have in mind. The drums are the beat and the rhythm, which support and hold the piano and bass together. The drums parts of my drawings is the structure which supports the melodies.”