Featured Artist - Clayton
A North Carolina native, Clayton Bass has shown professionally
in gallery and museum exhibitions for the past 25 years. His
works are represented by galleries in Birmingham and Huntsville,
and are in private and corporate collections in six states. Five
works are on permanent display at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Hotel. In 2000 his first New York solo exhibition opened at Space
504 Gallery on Broadway.
Throughout his career, nature has informed his paintings, works
on paper and sculptural pieces. The interplay of light and shadow
is a recurring theme in his landscape and still life works. Photography
plays an important role, serving to capture compositions, light,
and details translating into works that evolve beyond the source
A graduate of East Carolina University with a B.F.A. in painting
and a minor in drawing, he also completed the Empire State College
(SUNY) Studio Program in New York City where he apprenticed with
abstract expressionist painter Michael Goldberg.
Running parallel with creating art, Bass has enjoyed a 20-year
career in the museum profession, beginning in 1989 at the Carlos
Museum at Emory University. After seven years as Executive Director
of the Walter Anderson Museum in Ocean Springs, Mississippi,
in 2002 he accepted the position of President and CEO of the
Huntsville Museum of Art in Alabama.
Bass enjoys living and hiking in the mountains
south of Huntsville with his wife, a children's author, and their
two teenage children.
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