All my work is based on the human figure, almost always using the live model. Critic Anne Albert recently wrote, “Clyatt’s work appropriates classical figure sculpting methods and forms, yet through the use of postmodern and contemporary tropes it subverts the all-too-familiar prejudices against the figure generally and the nude in particular.” All of us working with the nude have stories: Public art commissions declined, gallerists turning work back for feared offenses against public taste, people seeking the erotic where none was intended, academic indifference.
Bob Clyatt grew up roaming the countryside of Northern California, ending up studying art at UC Berkeley in the late ‘70s. Absorbing the zeitgeist of that time and place created a desire for fusion in Bob’s work – ancient and modern, organic and technological. Using clay as his central medium connects Bob to the oldest art-making traditions. He uses a range of vehicles such as assemblage and the introduction of modern materials and gesture to bring about a fusion in the work to give it a contemporary voice. Bob has eight years of formal sculpture education centered on his years of studio and coursework at the Art Student’s League of New York, under the guidance of Barney Hodes.
Artist Statement: To me art is a very personal thing. It’s all about visual communication between the artist and the viewer. If a piece of art moves you and speaks to you it is a great painting no matter the medium or style. If it makes you want to take it into your life […]
Artist Statement: Always Somebody Moving. My imagery is the visual terminus of a much longer method, and perhaps its extra-visual meaning is to be found in the archeology of its making. Driven by a desire to first experience as manifest reality the symbolic content, my process starts with performances where my models and I make […]
Artist Statement: As an Artist, I am constantly searching for ways to express my deeper observations on humanity. It’s that simple. Sometimes, I pack my largest thoughts into a complicated image. Sometimes, I focus on how beautiful we are as a species in a simple drawing of a nude figure. I have developed several “bodies” […]