Clay Johnson is a process artist. The content of his painting is only partially controlled by his conscious intent. Driven by the unfolding nature of his process he begins by pulling horizontal bands of color across the surface of a work. Multiple layers of paint are built up. At the end of the painting process he sands through these manifold layers revealing to a varying degree what is underneath. The 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.
CLAY JOHNSON: New Paintings
Exhibition Dates: January 7 – February 21, 2020
Gallery Reception: Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 2pm – 5:30pm
Kim Eagles-Smith Gallery
23 Sunnyside Ave
Mill Valley CA 94941