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Clayton Colvin

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Colvin has developed a practice of painting that is both challenging and seductive, using a hybrid of figurative and abstract approaches to create delicate, fantastic, and concrete spaces - the immediate and intimate nature of drawing infusing his paintings with an hypnotic mix of familiarity and mystery. The artist’s recent work for new way to forget continues what critic Cinque Hicks described in Art in America as his “naked search for new answers to old questions.”
Colvin’s subtlety and dexterity comes from a decade-long interrogation of the practices and processes of drawing and painting. Having the capacity to represent the onslaught of technology against the resistance of history is an element of the Zen-like approach to Colvin’s studio practice. Works such as The Nursery (shown above), contrasts the suggestion of the ubiquitous pixel, with its square shape, against the deep, blue depths of the picture’s plane. Colvin lays what seems to be the process on the surface, with visible brushstrokes, but his works are always far more complex, layered and multifaceted, revealing how they have been constructed only upon a close, intimate, personal inspection. Rowan Ricardo Phillips, writing for Artforum, commented “ (...) At times, painting seems to give way to drawing, and at other times, drawing seems to give way to painting. Erasures and additions reveal and conceal other layers, complicating ideas of before and after, original and addition, right side up and upside down. The paintings thrive in paradox: They can seem crowded and full of movement, a sense of unsettled energy populating their spaces; after sustained viewing, however, a calm and measured contemplativeness saturates the canvases. (...) The paintings seem to move when you don’t look at them and stand still when you do - each striving to represent both the noise in which contemporary life finds itself ensnared, and the quiet meditation that can free it.”


Clayton Colvin (b. 1976) lives and works in Birmingham, AL. He received his BA in Art History from New York University in 1999 and his MFA in painting from the University of Alabama in 2005. Colvin’s work has been exhibited by galleries and museums across the US including the Birmingham Museum of Art (Birmingham, AL); the Mobile Museum of Art (Mobile, AL); and Artist Space (New York, NY).

Recent solo exhibitions include Margaret Thatcher Projects (New York, NY); Launch F18 (New York, NY); the University of Montevallo (Montevallo, AL); and the University of Memphis Art Museum (Memphis, TN). Colvin’s work is included in the permanent collections of the High Museum of Art (Atlanta, GA), the Birmingham Museum of Art (Birmingham, AL), and the Mobile Museum of Art (Mobile, AL).

Reviews of his work have appeared in Art in America, Artforum.com, San Francisco Arts Quarterly, ArtPapers, and many others.

 

The Nursery

2014
ink, charcoal, pigment, and acrylic
on linen over panel
40 by 46 in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rogue Protagonist

2014
ink, charcoal, pigment, and acrylic on linen over panel
40 by 46 in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Eventually or in the future

2014
a
crylic, pigment, ink,
and graphite
on linen over panel

20 by 16 in.








Speed of dark

2014
a
crylic, pigment, ink,
and graphite
on linen over panel

20 by 16 in.

 

 

 



Popular tactics

2014
a
crylic, pigment, charcoal, and india ink on
Arches hot press water color paper over panel

16 by 20 in.

 

 




Frontiersman

2014
acrylic, charcoal, pigment, and india ink
on linen over panel
46 by 56 in.








Instant

2014
acrylic, graphite, ink, and pigment
on linen over panel
24 by 20 in.










Slow motion

2014
acrylic, graphite, ink, and pigment
on linen over panel
24 by 20 in.









Fast Asleep

2014
a
crylic, pigment, ink,
and graphite
on linen over panel

20 by 16 in.









Local Dialect

2014
acrylic, pigment, and india ink
on linen over panel
ca. 28 1/4 by 21 1/4 in.









Lift

2014
acrylic and india ink on linen over panel
ca. 20 by 24 in.









Sweep

2014
acrylic and pigment on linen over panel
20 by 24 in.









Gadgets of the South

2014
graphite and acrylic
on linen over panel

20 by 16 in.









Quiet of the Snow

2014
a
crylic, graphite, and india ink
on linen over panel

20 by 16 in.









Put Down Your Stars

2014
a
crylic, charcoal, graphite
and linen collage
on linen over panel

20 by 16 in.









And Beyond

2013
acrylic, graphite, charcoal, and india ink
on linen over panel
46 by 56 in.








Fluid field


2014
acrylic, charcoal, pigment, and india ink
on linen over panel
20 by 24 in.


private collection, Madison, WI








River Guide

2014
pigment and acrylic on linen over panel
ca. 21
1/4 by 28 1/4 in.








Afterlife Techniques

2013
graphite, pigment, and acrylic
on linen over panel
46 by 40 in.










Gaps in Memory

2013
graphite, charcoal, collaged Arches paper,
and acrylic on Arches paper
ca. 52 by 47.5 in.


permanent collection of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA









Gaps (static)

2013
acrylic, graphite, charcoal,
and pigment on linen over panel
16 by 20 in.








breath control

2013
graphite and acrylic on linen
16 by 20 in.









Hanging in the Harbor

2013
acrylic, graphite, charcoal,
and pigment on linen
12 by 16 in.









Canine Sensibility

2013
acrylic, graphite, charcoal,
pigment, and linen collage
on linen over panel
20 by 16 in.








natural baggage

2013
acrylic on linen
16 by 20 in.








Brain Wash

2013
acrylic, graphite, charcoal,
and pigment on linen over panel
20 by 16 in.









Submarine Air

2013
acrylic, graphite, charcoal,
and pigment on linen
16 by 20 in.









Gravity will not last forever

2012
charcoal, pigment, graphite, and acrylic
on linen over panel
46 by 56 in.









the ocean gets away from you

2012
acrylic and charcoal on linen
16 by 20 in.


private collection, Birmingham, AL










Blowing Kisses

2012
charcoal, graphite, pigment, and acrylic
on linen over panel
40 by 46 in.









bound

2013
charcoal and acrylic on linen
20 by 16 in.


private collection, San Antonio, TX








Standing Wave

2012
pigment, ink, and acrylic
on linen over panel
16 by 20 in.


private collection, Chicago, IL









Stitching the water to the shore

2012
charcoal, pigment, and acrylic
on linen
16 by 20 in.










In the Future

2011
graphite, ink, charcoal and acrylic
on linen over panel
40 by 46 in.








Field and Stream

2012
graphite, charcoal, and acrylic
on linen
ca. 18 by 22 in.









Hold The Line

2012
graphite, charcoal, and acrylic
on linen
16 by 20 in.









Parts of Magnets Live Forever ?

2011
graphite, ink, charcoal, and acrylic
on linen over panel
40 by 46 in.








Asphalt Green

2011
graphite, ink, charcoal, and acrylic
on linen over panel
46 by 56 in.

private collection, Westport, CT









Perch View

2011
graphite, ink, charcoal, and acrylic
on linen over panel
46 by 56 in.

private collection, New York, NY









Space Mountain

2011
graphite, ink, charcoal, and acrylic
on linen over panel
46 by 56 in.

private collection, Chicago, IL









Wrap Yourself in Destroyed Recordings

2011
graphite, ink, charcoal, and acrylic
on linen over panel
46 by 56 in.

private collection, Chicago, IL









Willing Space

2010
graphite, acrylic,
watercolor on paper
22 by 30 in.









Listen

2010
ink, charcoal, acrylic on canvas
22 by 28 in.









installation images "sewing up the sea" exhibition
beta pictoris gallery, March 15 - April 19, 2013

exhibition reviewed in Art in America (scroll down for review)




         


         


         


         





Art in America review
(click on image to read online version on ArtInAmerica.com)


 Clayton Colvin's New York exhibition "Put Down Your Stars" at Margaret Thatcher Projects ARTFORUM critics' pick!!!






 
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