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.

2019 Luxembourg Art Prize – Finalist

2019 Luxembourg Art Prize Finalists

I am very pleased to announce that I have been selected as a finalist for the 2019 Luxembourg Art Prize. A group exhibition of the eleven finalists’ work will open September 28 and run through December 14 at La Pinacothèque, a private museum in Luxembourg City founded by Hervé Lancelin. The winner of the prize will be announced September 28 at the opening reception.

Exhibition at George Billis Gallery, New York

Just Like That, 2018, acrylic on aluminum panel, 48"x48" by Clay Johnson

In September, I will be having a small solo exhibition at George Billis Gallery in New York. The paintings will be installed in the side room exhibition space in the Chelsea gallery, 525 W. 26th Street, ground floor. The opening reception will be September 6th, 6-8 pm, and the show will run until September 27th.