Over the Line: New Paintings by Clay Johnson opens today at Page Bond Gallery in Richmond, Virginia. I first met Page about two years ago while visiting her gallery—truly one of the most beautiful exhibition spaces I have seen. Since then Page has included my work in a couple of group shows, but this is my first one-person exhibition at the gallery. Of course, due to Covid-19, normal exhibition openings are not happening right now, so I will visit the gallery and see the show later in the month. With a couple of exceptions, these are brand new paintings created specifically for this exhibition, and I’m excited to see them installed in the gallery.
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.
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.
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 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.