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Ronald Clayton



Ronald Clayton at Addington Gallery

Ronald Clayton's work has been a strong pillar of the gallery since the mid 90s, and with this new body of work, the artist pushes his unmistakable and unique style into exciting new territory.

Clayton's new paintings almost burst off the wall with an unbridled new energy, and yet this energy finds it's counterpoint in a contemplative, formal restraint. This restraint is based both on the underlying geometry in the work, and the artist's empathic concern for the landscape that lies, at risk, just beyond the doorways and windows of his invented constructions.

Discussing his most recent body of paintings, Clayton says:

I have recently been acting out certain illogical impulses, retaliating against the logic of previous work. Sometimes it takes the form of reaction against the logical (mathematical) systems I've based my composition on. (linear perspective, the golden mean, etc). Pushing against, wrestling with, I often find myself thrown outside the "ring, the "ring" being my conventional rectangular format. The manifestation being new constructed paintings in which the subject defines the format rather than the customary visa-versa.

Even when I choose to adhere to the discipline of the conventional rectangle, which I just as often do, there are other logical inferences about my chosen subjects - colors, textures and forms associated with industrial architecture for instance. I've recently found these associations just too restrictive and so there are, in these paintings, wild improvisations and displacements of color and texture. Well, wild for me anyway.

Things have also changed in my views of the landscape. While previously I was concerned about documenting real locations objectively and then painting them back to nature, these new views are extrapolations, hybrids, and constructs. I am allowing myself to blatantly reinvent a nature that may be "super", or at least "extra-natural."

The personal fictions present in the works of Ronald Clayton are both inspiring and challenging. Dualities are at play throughout the work: depth of space and articulated surface, the geometric and the organic, culture and nature, the familiar and the new. Clayton's two lynchpins are the biographical narrative of our experience with particular landscapes, and the imagined architectural ruins he places within them. In turn, we the viewers are placed in these ruins. We find ourselves admiring the work of the hands that created these mysterious structures, all the while longing to experience the untouched vision of nature just beyond our grasp. What a powerful metaphoric image of our ongoing search for a place in this world.


Heykuksa, 60x72, oil on canvas

Caanan, 36x34, oil on panel

Crosby, 18x29, oil on panel

Inverness, 30x32, oil on panel

Ishtar, 54X76, oil on canvas

Kish, 36x48, oil on panel

Labyrinth, 54x70, oil on canvas

Landsend,

Macanda, 22x27, oil on panel

Potoka, 31x36, oil on panel

Reef, oil on canvas

Tabyago, oil on canvas

Wall Street, 26x38, oil on panel

Whipshaw, 20x26, oil on panel

Zargos, 32x36, oil on panel

Albion, oil on panel

Alta Eastcastle, 42x67, oil on panel

Barbican, 32x40, oil on wood construction






Biography

Selected Exhibitions:

Museums


2006 "NEW ART OF THE WEST 9", THE EITELJORG MUSEUM, Indianapolis

2006 "BALANCED ON THE LINE: Paintings by Ron Clayton”, FINE ARTS CENTER GALLERY, ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY Jonesboro, Arkansas

2002 "UTAH ART, UTAH ARTISTS, a 150 year survey” 2002, CULTURAL OLYMPIAD, 2002 Winter Olympic Games, SPRINGVILLE MUSEUM OF ART, Springville, Utah

2002 "THE CHOSON SERIES", UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS VISUAL ARTS GALLERY, Springfield, Illinois

2002 "THE ART OF COLLECTING", SONOMA MUSEUM OF VISUAL ART, Santa Rosa, California

1999 "DECONTEXCTUALIZING NATURE", AMERICAN ASSN. FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE, Washington, DC

1999 "MADE IN CHICAGO: Urbanscapes/Landscapes”, O’HARE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Visiting Curator Series in Cooperation with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Curator: Natalie van Straten of the Chicago Art Dealers Association

1998 “BLUE”, THE SALT LAKE ART CENTER, guest curator Will South, Salt Lake City. other artists include Hans Hofmann, Robert Motherwell, Reuben Nakian, Ed Ruscha.

1998 “RONALD CLAYTON: A Renaissance Approach to Contemporary Painting” University Of Arkansas, Fayettvillle, Arkansas

Galleries

2008 "DANCING WITH REASON" ADDINGTON GALLERY, Chicago

2006-7 “WITH AN EYE TURNED INWARD” GWENDA JAY/ ADDINGTON GALLERY, Chicago

2005 “RONALD CLAYTON, NEW WORK" GWENDA JAY/ ADDINGTON GALLERY, Chicago

2003 “STRANGE INSTRUMENTS” GWENDA JAY/ ADDINGTON GALLERY, Chicago

2003 “RONALD CLAYTON” PHILLIPS GALLERY, Salt Lake City

2002 “NATURAL SELECTION” GWENDA JAY/ ADDINGTON GALLERY, Chicago

2002 “CLAYTON/ROSENBERG” Gallery V, Columbus, Ohio

2000 “THE CHOSON SERIES” PHILLIPS GALLERY, Salt Lake City

2000 “THE CHOSON SERIES” GWENDA JAY/ ADDINGTONGALLERY, Chicago

2000 “RONALD CLAYTON” Na Un Gallery, Kunsan, Korea

1998 “LANDSCAPE NOW” Gallery V, Columbus, Ohio

1997 “THE YUCATAN SERIES”, GWENDA JAY GALLERY, Chicago

Public Collections

The Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis
The Korea Foundation, Seoul ,Korea
Kunsan National Univeristy, Kunsan, Korea
Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
Cranbrook Museum of Art, Bloomfield Hills
The State of Utah, State Capitol, Salt Lake City
Weinstock's Corporation, Sacramento
The Gold Depository and Loan Company, San Francisco
Stephens Corporation, Little Rock
Arkansas Rehabilitation Institute, Little Rock
The Salt Lake County Offices, Salt Lake City
Deloit and Touche, Chicago
The Radco Companies, Atlanta
Latham and Watkins, Chicago
Southeast Missouri State University
Apogee Inc. Salt Lake City
Lousje Rooker, Salt Lake City
Barthel Collection, Siemens AG, Forcheim, Germany
The Radco Companies, Atlanta

EDUCATION

Ronald Clayton received his B.F.A. from the University of Utah in 1973 and received a Master of Fine Arts from Cranbook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.


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