About

Background

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.

The new paintings can be seen at Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery in San Francisco, William Havu Gallery in Denver, and Pryor Fine Art in Atlanta.

Clay currently lives and works in Laramie, Wyoming.

 

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

  • 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

2017
  • The Connected Edge: Clay Johnson, Jeff Kahm, Aaron Karp, William Havu Gallery, Denver
2016
  • Wide Open: New Paintings by Clay Johnson, Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery, San Francisco
  • Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery at ArtMarket Hamptons, Bridgehampton, NY
  • Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery at ArtMarket SF, San Francisco
2015
  • Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery at Art Silicon Valley, San Mateo
2004
  • Art of the Twentieth Century, Park Avenue Armory, New York
2003
  • Clay Johnson: New Paintings, District Fine Arts, Washington DC
2002
  • Gallery Artists, Samson Fine Arts, New York
  • Clay Johnson: New Paintings, District Fine Arts, Washington DC
  • Poetic Minimalism, District Fine Arts, Washington DC
  • 14th Annual Works on Paper Exhibition, Park Avenue Armory, New York
2001
  • Gallery Artists, Samson Fine Arts, New York
  • 13th Annual Works on Paper Exhibition, Park Avenue Armory, New York
2000
  • 12th Annual Works on Paper Exhibition, Park Avenue Armory, New York
1999
  • Small Works, District Fine Arts, Washington DC
  • Talent 1999, New Artists / New Works, Samson Fine Arts, New York
  • 11th Annual Works on Paper Exhibition, Park Avenue Armory, New York