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: It would be difficult to categorize my work according to a specific genre, style, or even theme – a subject intrinsically demands its own form of artistic expression. I have found that combining different art forms allows for the creation of a more complex visual language. My starting point is usually figurative […]
Artist Statement: I count myself among a growing number of painters addressing the resurgent interest in the nude as motif. My approach is visceral, fluid, and direct. It is the formal character of painting that I am interested in, the composition, form and quality of color. Working from life with a wide array of […]
Artist Statement: Peregrine Honig’s work is delicate and disturbing- deceptively simple executions of complicated subjects. Honig’s line documents early sexual awakenings, the visual manifestation of disease, and the social anxieties of realized and fictional characters. By illustrating stifled habits, residual adolescent vulnerability, and issues of beauty and popularity, Honig’s imagery documents trends in fear, private […]