Clarence Major

Clarence Major

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  Artist: Clarence Major
 Live in: Davis, California, United States
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Clarence Major Artist Bio:

Winner of the "2015 Lifetime Achievement Award in The Fine Arts," presented by The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, on August 16, 2015, Clarence Major grew up in Chicago where he took private art lessons from Gus Nall and attended drawing and lecture classes on a James Nelson Raymond scholarship at the Art Institute. His teachers were Addis Osborne, Cynthia Bollinger and others. He later earned a Ph.D. in both fine arts and literature from Union Graduate Institute and University/Vermont College. His paintings have been featured in many solo and group shows, and are in many private and several public collections. The University of North Carolina Press published an illustrated book about his paintings and writing, Clarence Major and His Art in 2001. In 2012 Keith Byerman's The Art and Life of Clarence Major was published by the University of Georgia Press. His exhibition history is extensive. In recent years he's had solo shows at the Kresge Art Museum in East Lansing, Michigan, the Center for Performing and Fine Arts, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana and Pierre Menard Gallery, Harvard Square, Cambridge. His paintings have been in group shows at various galleries among them, John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis, Nelson Gallery at the University of California Davis, Main Street Gallery in Winters California, Phoenix Gallery in Sacramento, 40 Mules Gallery in Sacramento, Exploding Head Gallery in Sacramento and many others. Painting for me is about discovering a plastic reality of composition through lines, color and texture. Im often interested in painting what I feel about what I see rather than what I think I see or remember or imagine. And, yes, I pay attention to push and pull as I apply the principle to my representational efforts. I want an art that will both give me contentment and at the same time challenge mea dynamic art. I go through periods when my work is figurative, then all landscapes or interiors or still lifesoften in a neo-expressionist mode. I like to think that I am speaking (through paint) from the depths of my humanity and creativity. I want to make paintings that seem to look back at you with intensity (Rilke). My work is well within the Euro-American Tradition. Painting is the most important activity in my life.