Maureen Clay

Born 1947, California
Has practiced at Creative Growth since 1991

Maureen paints with thickly brushed impasto, layering colors repeatedly until the entire composition has been covered several times. She has an intricate sense of graphic design, and while her work appears abstract, her subjects are often distorted versions of fish and food. Her recent work in sculpture gives the illusion of otherworldly meteors, though they are made of papier-mâché and actually much lighter than what they would appear. Employing the use of paint pens to achieve complex, constellations of color, Maureen morphs otherwise mundane rock-like forms into exquisite pointillist asteroids. Looking at these rocks with their radioactive neon and metallic hues, the natural and unnatural may be at odds. However, it is exactly that clash that draws people in and gives the viewer a glimpse of the surreal.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019
Outsider Art Fair, New York

2018
D’Dessin Art Fair, Paris

2017
Everyday Visionaries, Target, New York
Common Treasures, Esqueleto, Oakland

2016
Take A Seat, St. Supery Estate Vineyard and Winery, Napa Valley, curated by Topher Delaney
Outsider Art Fair, New York

2015
Outsider Art Fair, Paris
Creative Growth Group Show, ParkLife Gallery, San Francisco

2013
Outsider Art Fair, Paris
Cutlog Art Fair, The Clemente, New York
Creative Growth, Park Life Gallery, San Francisco
Almost Home, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco

2012
New Art Dealers Alliance Fair, Miami
Creative Growth, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, curated by Amie Scally
John Hiltunen +1, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, curated by Matthew Higgs
Frieze Art Fair, New York