In Lightning, Thunder, or in Rain
February 1, 2013 – July 27, 2013
Clay Witt’s latest paintings continue in many ways the work of his successful and popular “Peaceable Kingdom” series, featuring dark primal landscapes inhabited by gilded beasts of forests and jungle alike.
Clay Witt’s latest paintings continue in many ways the work of his successful and popular “Peaceable Kingdom” series, featuring dark primal landscapes inhabited by gilded beasts of forests and jungle alike. The paintings range from small and jewel-like to large and imposing. In them, each viewer confronts the most basic of archetypical images, fantastically imagined, with enough realistic visual effects to maintain the suspension of disbelief. To create these works, Witt uses a shallow perspective combined with the material layering of hand-ground pigment, clay, gesso, ink, emulsion, cut Japanese paper, gold leaf, varnish and wax. He then strips away strategic bits with tools ranging from a rag to an automotive sander. The gold leaf is layered and then destroyed, almost as a corrective to the preciousness of the gold. The result is a complex visual and intellectual narrative, simultaneously familiar and disorienting. Visitors will be able to experience his process firsthand as Witt installs a working studio in the Dové Gallery for the month of February, creating new works as viewers watch- not to miss!
Clay Witt lives and works in Charlottesville. He received a BA in Painting and Printmaking from the University of Virginia and an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from the University of Massachusetts. He is a prominent local artist and has exhibited throughout the country.
Exhibition Sponsor: Suzanne Tanner Chitwood
Studio Sponsor: Mi Ossa