Artist Clayton Bass

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The Artist Says:

Nature requires nothing of us, 
but we require nature.
Everything we seek to know about the world
surrounds us; we have only to be still,
and use our senses.


Clayton Bass has shown his artworks professionally for over 30 years. His passion for the natural world has informed his paintings and sculptural works throughout his career. Stylistically, his works explore abstraction and realism, sometimes incorporating elements of each into mixed media works. A graduate of East Carolina University with a painting major and drawing minor, he completed the Empire State College (SUNY) Studio Program in New York City, and apprenticed with abstract expressionist painter Michael Goldberg. 
He has been affiliated with galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Huntsville and Birmingham, Alabama; Atlanta, Georgia; Ocean Springs, Mississippi; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and New York City. His work is included in private, corporate, and university collections in ten states. A solo exhibition featuring seventeen works, Spirit Moves premiered in 2016 at Studio Central in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The group exhibition Nature and Art, proposed and co-curated by Bass, opened in 2018 at Santa Fe Community Gallery. Bass has curated more than a dozen exhibitions in various media in venues in Santa Fe and the southeastern U.S. 
Bass co-founded the Sanctuary Artists in 2009, an interdisciplinary collective whose traveling exhibition The Art of Nature presented visual art, literary works, and scientific observations inspired by the Goldsmith-Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Huntsville. The exhibition was presented at seven museums and art centers from 2010 through 2012, and was nominated for the Governor's Award by the Alabama State Council on the Arts. 
Parallel with creating art, Bass served in museum and garden management as President and CEO of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden and the Huntsville Museum of Art, Executive Director of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, and Exhibition and Expansion Coordinator at the Carlos Museum of Emory University.
Bass is an enthusiastic traveler and enjoys exploring the landscapes and cultures of New Mexico and the Southwest with his wife Hester, a children’s author. (www.hesterbass.com) They have two creative, adult children who share their [...]

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