Art Market SF

Homage to Michael (The Brawler), 2016, acrylic on linen, 60" x 60", by Clay JohnsonArt Market San Francisco opened last night at Fort Mason with a preview session. Tonight is the Art Party, and then the fair is open to the public Friday through Sunday (4/29-5/1). Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery will be showing several of my paintings, including the one pictured in this post. Hope you can make it!

William Havu Gallery

Flagstaff, 2015, acrylic on wood panel, 40" x 40", by Clay Johnson

I’m very pleased to announce that I am now represented by William Havu Gallery in Denver. I met with Bill Havu and Nick Ryan (gallery manager) last month. They’re great guys who are intimately involved with the Denver art community. The gallery has been around a long time, and it’s a beautiful space. But most importantly, they have a strong focus on painting. The gallery represents artists working in a wide range of styles, but whose work comes out of the painting tradition.
As the exhibition schedule is completely booked through next year, I am penciled in for a show in January 2017.

Art Silicon Valley

Ernesto, 2015, acrylic on wood panel, 48" x 60", by Clay JohnsonSeveral of my paintings will be exhibited by Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery at the Art Silicon Valley Fair in San Mateo. The fair opens tonight (Oct. 8) with a VIP preview, and is then open to the general public Friday through Sunday. This fair is organized by the Art Miami people, so you know it’s a quality event, with galleries from all over the world.

Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery

Park City, 2015, acrylic on wood panel, 48" x 60", by Clay Johnson

At the end of August I received a visit from San Francisco gallerist Kim Eagles-Smith. Kim enjoys a good road trip and a big sky so he drove out to Laramie to meet with me and see the new paintings.

While his gallery has long been my favorite in San Francisco, I had never met Kim personally. He’s a wonderful, fascinating guy, and we had a great time hanging out in the belly of the old west and talking about art. Those conversations were routinely punctuated by one of us saying “Exactly!”—a good indicator that we’re on the same aesthetic page.

Of course we spent some time at my studio so Kim could see the new work in person. The result of all this, I’m happy to say, is that I’m now represented by Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery. Elins Eagles-Smith has always been at the top of my list of galleries to visit when in San Francisco because they represent several of my favorite contemporary painters, including Johnnie Winona Ross, Kris Cox, Gary Komarin, and Ricardo Mazal (among others). I’m proud to be joining that list.