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Clarence Major

Clarence Major

Davis, CA

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The Art and Life of Clarence Major by Keith E. Byerman, published June 2012, provides a study of Major's art and life. The book contains 17 colors plates, 22 black and white images and an analysis of Major's paintings, poetry and fiction. ISBN 978-0-8203-3055-6.

Artist Statement:

Although I occasionally paint landscapes and still lifes, my focus is on the human figure. It is the most familiar and the most challenging subject in art. I believe my strongest ability in painting is in figurative work. The human figure--especially the female figure because she represents the life force--is endlessly fascinating. I try to create highly individual facial and body expressions. Human beings are part of nature. Cezanne said, "Art in parallel to nature." I try to create figures that are parallel to nature. Van Gogh said, "The basis for everything is knowledge of the figure." Most of the great art of the past has been about human beings and their activities transformed into figurative expression.

I attended drawing and lecture classes at the Art Institute of Chicago's Fullerton Hall on a James Nelson Raymond scholarship. I also studied painting under the direction of Gus Nall. My paintings are in many private collections and several public collections. They have been featured in many solo and/or group shows at private galleries, museums, and university galleries such as University Art Gallery, Indiana State University; California Historical Society Museum, San Francisco; Woodland Community College; Nelson Gallery, University of California at Davis; John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA.; Pierre Menard Gallery, Harvard Square, Cambridge; Kresge Art Museum, East Lansing, Michigan; Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento, CA.; Main Street Gallery, Winters, CA.; Phoenix Gallery, Sacramento CA.; Porter Troupe Gallery, San Diego, CA.; Carnegie Institute Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA.; Texas A & M University Art Gallery; Gales Gallery, Chicago; Blue Hills Gallery, Winters, CA.; Denenberg Fine Art Gallery, LA.; Anita Shapolsky Gallery, N. Y.; 40 Acres Gallery, Sacramento CA.; First National Bank Gallery,Boulder, Colorado; and Sarah Lawrence College Library, Bronxville, N. Y. My paintings have been on display in many places other than galleries and museums, such as restaurants, government buildings, community centers, etc. They are currently on display at Watch City Brewing Company, Waltham. (To buy any of the original paintings or drawings displayed in the Profile contact by FAA email Clarence Major).

BOOKS: Two recent exhibition catalogs: Configurations: Paintings by Clarence Major, Pierre Menard Gallery, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA; and Myself Painting: Paintings by Clarence Major, University Art Gallery, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana. An earlier book: Clarence Major and His Art by Bernard Bell See full bibliography at clarencemajor.com.

 

Hotel Raito by Clarence Major

 

Dinner Party by Clarence Major

 

Putah Creek Bridge by Clarence Major

 

Conversation on Campus by Clarence Major

 

Bike Path Through The Greenbelt by Clarence Major

 

Davis Unitran Bus by Clarence Major

 

Tracks Between Davis and Woodland by Clarence Major

 

White Trees by Clarence Major

 

At County Road 101 by Clarence Major

 

Petrina by Clarence Major

 

The Heartache by Clarence Major

 

A Large Pink Room by Clarence Major

 

Joan by Clarence Major

 

Blue and Black by Clarence Major

 

Daughter and Mother by Clarence Major

 

Barbara Ann by Clarence Major

 

Lower East Side Street by Clarence Major

 

Myra by Clarence Major

 

Carla by Clarence Major

 

Katia by Clarence Major

 

Gaye by Clarence Major

 

Camilla by Clarence Major

 

Rebecca by Clarence Major

 

Kenzie by Clarence Major

 

Slyvia by Clarence Major

 

Yellow Room by Clarence Major

 

Bella by Clarence Major

 

Vera by Clarence Major

 

Betty by Clarence Major

 

Annie by Clarence Major

 

Celina by Clarence Major