John McClelland was born in Stone Mountain, Georgia, and attended the Alabama Polytechnic Institute, the Grand Central School of Art, and the Art Career School of New York City. He also studied with Jerry Farnsworth.
John is especially successful in painting children and was commissioned to paint a portrait of Mrs. John F. Kennedy with her children for Good Housekeeping magazine. He is affiliated with Portraits, Inc., and paints as much for exhibition as for publication. His work has won several first prizes and other awards at shows in New York, Boston, New Haven, Hartford, Atlanta, and at regional exhibits.
McClelland first illustrated for Collier‚Äôs magazine in 1947 and has now worked for most of the national magazines, including Woman‚Äôs Day, Good Housekeeping, McCall‚Äôs, Redbook, American Magazine, This Week, The American Weekly, and The Ladies‚Äô Home Journal.
He taught at the Silvermine Guild of Artists in Norwalk, Connecticut and¬† has created paintings for a series of Limited Edition Collector‚Äôs Plates and a group of porcelain figures. He has won awards for the collector plates including the top awards in 1980 and ‚Äô81 form the National Association of Limited Edition Dealers.
McClelland moved to Savannah, Georgia in 1986 and co-founded the Landings Art Association there. He continued to show in regional exhibits and has won several awards. He conducts occasional workshops and is currently represented by the Tucker Gallery in Savannah.
His series of plates are:
¬†¬†¬† The Mother Goose series (Reco)
¬†¬†¬† Mary, Mary 1979, Little Boy Blue 1980, Little Miss Muffet 1981, Little Jack Horner 1982, Little Bo Peep 1983, Diddle Diddle Dumpling 1984, Mary Had A Little Lamb 1985, Jack And Jill 1986
¬† The Treasured Songs Of Childhood Series
¬†¬† Twinkle Twinkle Little Star 1987,¬† A Tisket, A Tasket 1988, Baa Baa Black Sheep 1988,¬† Round The Mulberry Bush 1989,¬† Rain Rain Go Away 1989, Pat-a-Cake 1989, I'm A Little Teapot 1989, Hush Little Baby 1990
¬†¬† Becky's Day
¬†1985 Awakening, 1985 Getting Dressed, 1986 Breakfast, 1986 Learning is Fun, 1986 Muffin Making, 1986 Tub Time, 1986 Evening Prayer
¬† Children's Garden
¬†¬† 1993 Garden Friends, Tea For Three, Puppy Love
¬†¬† McClelland Children's Circus
¬†¬† 1981 Tommy the Clown, 1982 Katie the Tightrope Walker, 1983 Johnny the Strongman, 1984 Maggie the Animal Trainer
¬† World of Children
¬† 1977 Rainy Day Fun, 1978 When I Grow Up, 1979 You're Invited, 1980 Kittens for Sale
¬†¬†¬† Wonder of Christmas (Hamilton Collection)
¬†¬† 1991 Santa's Secret, 1992 My Favourite Ornament, 1992 Waiting for Santa, 1993 Candlelight Christmas
¬†¬† 1 Plate for the March of Dimes 1989 A Time To Plant
¬†¬† 1 plate on golf 1992 Par Excellence
¬†¬†¬†¬† 1 plate in the Premiere Collection II 1991 Love
¬†¬† Listed here are some of these plates.