Featured Artist: Clayton Thomas

Age: 42

Hometown:  Medford NJ

Current town:  Philadelphia

Job description:  Server at Monk’s Cafe

What are you working on?

Currently working or have planned several paintings and projects centering around the Pop culture of my childhood.

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What’s your background / when did you begin really focusing on art?

No formal training. I began focusing on art in high school.

What’s been happening in your life/ what’s next for you?

Recently engaged! Starting on those plans. Working on several painting ideas and a publishing project.  Illustrating my Great-great-great-Grandfathers Civil War Letters.

Describe your current state of mind / what’s inspiring you?

After my Mother passed away last June I took several months off from any serious work. Now planning a series of paintings that allow me to re-visit my childhood through the Pop culture icons and various things I was into as a child.

Is any of your work political?

I purposely remain non-political in my work. At least as far as I am concerned. I have had a few people question themes and images in the past though.

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Biggest challenge as an artist?

Getting work out there, steady sales, maintaining momentum when producing new work.

Has the meaning of your work changed over time?

It’s constantly changing but I feel it’s more of a pendulum effect.  I tend to re-visit the same handful of themes or subjects as I get older.

Favorite artists and why?

The usual suspects I suppose. Matisse, Picasso, the mid century american painters like Pollock and Rosenquist. Jasper Johns. DeKooning.

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What are you reading?
Currently reading Damien Echols’ Life after Death.

Favorite authors, fiction:
Hardboiled stuff.  David Goodis, James Ellroy, Jim Thompson. Chandler and the lot.

Your website(s):

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Clayton-Thomas-Paintings/116472848390010

www.claytonthomaspaintings.com


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