Clay Johnson was born and raised in Durham, NC, where he studied art and art history at Duke University, receiving a B.A. degree in 1985. He then worked for several years as assistant to painter Robert Natkin in Connecticut and New York City.
In 1998 he began exhibiting paintings from his first series of mature work, which was loosely grid-based, and was inspired by the paintings of Paul Klee, such as Ancient Sound. Since then Clay's work has been exhibited widely at galleries across the country. He began his current series of work shortly after relocating to Wyoming, and, while essentially non-objective, the paintings contain a sense of the wide open landscape of the American west.
Clay currently lives and works in Laramie, Wyoming.
Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
- Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery, Art Market San Francisco - April 27-30, 2017
- Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery, Art on Paper, New York - March 2-5, 2017
- The Connected Edge: Clay Johnson, Jeff Kahm, Aaron Karp, William Havu Gallery, Denver, January 27 - March 11, 2017
Selected Past Exhibitions