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: In my works I am often dealing with myth as subject matter. I have since an early age been influenced by the writings of Joseph Campbell. For me, myth does not stop with our cultural archives, but can evolve new meanings with sufficient imagination. Specifically compelling to me are the temple carvings of […]
Artist Statement: The current direction of my work reverts to the exploration and experimentation experienced as a student in the 60s – those heady days of the Beatles and social and cultural change. Consequently, the materials used are more readily found in a DIY store rather than Winsor and Newton. I had initially begun working […]
Artist Statement: Sometimes I draw with a brush. Sometimes I paint with a pencil. I always try to tell the truth as I see it. Biography: Sherry Camhy’s work is in the permanent collection of The New Orleans Museum of Art, The Israel Museum, The New York Public Library, The Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, […]