First Online Exhibition

Small Painting #2, 2020, acrylic on paper, 12"x12" by Clay Johnson

My first online exhibition, entitled Small Paintings for Big Problems, will go live Thursday, July 16. I’m exhibiting a group of ten small paintings on paper, priced well below retail, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting frontline healthcare workers. I thoroughly enjoyed making these pictures, and it will be an opportunity for collectors to help out those on the frontlines and get an original painting in return.

Exhibition at 555 California Street, San Francisco

Plato's Promise, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 48" x 60" by Clay Johnson

Wide Open Spaces: Paintings by Clay Johnson is an exhibition consisting of eleven recent works, installed in the A.P. Giannini Gallery (Bank of America Building), 555 California Street in downtown San Francisco. The exhibition is curated by Casey & Associates Art Advisors, and artwork is courtesy of Kim Eagles-Smith Gallery. The show will be up through August 1.

Shizen Handmade Paper

Clay Johnson painting on Shizen handmade paper

I recently bought ten sheets of Shizen paper. These are 12″x12″ sheets (approximately), handmade in India. The surface is rougher than what I normally use, and very irregular, so I’m having to make some adjustments in my process, which has led to some interesting results. When these small paintings are finished, I intend to feature them in an online exhibition, a fundraiser for frontline health care workers.

New Paintings at Kim Eagles-Smith Gallery

Installation view of solo exhibition at Kim Eagles-Smith Gallery

I am honored to have one of the first exhibitions at Kim’s new gallery space in Mill Valley. The space itself is beautiful, and Kim did an excellent job of installing the show. It was great to spend some time in San Francisco again, to see old friends, and to make some new ones. The exhibition will be on view for the next six weeks.

The Luxembourg Experience

The exhibition opening at La Pinacotheque was packed
The entire Luxembourg experience was really fantastic. It’s such a well-organized event, and the finalists were a wonderful bunch of people. A big thanks to Hervé Lancelin for coordinating everything and being such a gracious host. After three days in Luxembourg, it was on to Paris for a few days. Dinner with Christelle Thomas (of Ideelart) was a lot of fun. I have to say, though, that the highlight of the whole trip was a visit to the Musée de l’Orangerie to see the panoramic Monet water lily paintings. Perhaps my favorite museum experience ever.