Wyoming painter Clay Johnson to exhibit new paintings at Kim Eagles-Smith Gallery
Where: 23 Sunnyside Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941
When: January 7 -February 15, 2020.
Clay Johnson was born in 1964 in Durham North Carolina. He studied painting and art history at Duke University receiving a BA in 1985. For several years he was the studio assistant for prominent American painter Robert Natkin in New York City where he also frequently exhibited his own work as well as San Francisco and Washington DC.
For the last several years Johnson has lived in Laramie Wyoming painting full time.
This is his second solo exhibition at Kim Eagles-Smith Gallery.
Clay Johnson is a process artist. The content of his painting is driven by the unfolding nature of his process in that final the outcome is only partially controlled by his conscious intent. He begins a painting by pulling horizontal bands of color across the surface of a work building multiple layers on top the other reaching as many as twenty or even thirty layers of acrylic paint. Sometimes he will tape off bands for a more hard-edged composition only to layer over it altogether. At the end of the painting process he sands through these manifold layers revealing to a varying degree what is underneath.
The end result is an atmospheric, luminous burnished surface of extremely complex color combinations that while largely non-objective are somewhat shaped by the wide open prairie landscape of the American West with multiple horizon lines and implied foregrounds.
Mr. Johnson was a finalist for the prestigious Luxembourg Prize and exhibited there at the Pinacotheque, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.
Clay Johnson will be at the Kim Eagles-Smith Gallery for a reception on Saturday January 11, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 5:30.
Our normal hours are 10:30 – 5:30 Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 to 5 on Saturday and 11:00 to 4 Sundays. For further information please contact Kim Eagles-Smith Gallery.