For the Birds

Come Fly, Flock Together

George Clinton
Paint on wood, plexiglass
16 in. × 6 in. × 6 in. (Come Fly)
9.5 in. × 10 in. × 6 in. (Flock Together)
Magnolia Plaza

George Clinton’s visual art is as adventurous and eclectic as his music—a multidimensional extension of his performances. Clinton enjoys plein air painting just outside of his studio, surrounded by birds. During the pandemic, when he had gone through all of his canvases, he began painting birdhouses. Now containing dozens of creative takes on birdhouses, his garden has truly become a “funk village” for the birds. Cardinals, blue jays, mockingbirds, woodpeckers, and finches flock to eat and sing with the legend.

  • A smiling Black man in large glasses bedecked in a rhinestone covered cap and cowl.

    George Clinton (b. 1941, U.S.) Recording both as Parliament and Funkadelic, George Clinton revolutionized R&B during the 1970s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from late-’60s acid heroes Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone. The Parliament/Funkadelic machine ruled Black music in this era, capturing over 40 R&B hit singles (including three number ones) and recording three platinum albums.

    His paintings riff on themes from his music. Recently Clinton has been debuting his paintings through a series of exhibitions in New Orleans, Miami Beach, Austin, New York, and Nashville.

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    Instagram: @yolikegeorge

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