A tribute to self-taught Georgia artist Jake McCord is being held this month at Durham’s Outsiders Art & Collectibles Gallery.
The Gallery, which features the creative works of self-taught or “outsider” Southern artists, has partnered up with folk art gallery Mike’s Art Truck to put the exhibition, “From The Porch: The Paintings of Jake McCord,” together in honor of the late McCord.
Greg and Karen Mack, the owners of Mike’s Art Truck, knew McCord personally during their time spent in Georgia.
“Jake was very quiet and reclusive, so I don’t think very many people knew him very well,” Karen Mack said.
“But he spoke through his art.”
Karen Mack said bold figures and happy people characterize McCord’s paintings.
“Jake referred to them as ‘jolly looking,’” she said.
Pamela Gutlon, the owner of Outsiders Art & Collectibles, said the Macks approached her about hosting the show.
“Jake was considered a genuine outsider — his work is stunning and interesting and he had a really good story — he’s the real deal,” Gutlon said.