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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.

 

Fresa by Clarence Major

 

The Shirt by Clarence Major

 

Mamie by Clarence Major

 

Selma by Clarence Major

 

Acrylic on Canvas by Clarence Major

 

Acrylic on Canvas by Clarence Major

 

Estelle by Clarence Major

 

Berryessa by Clarence Major

 

Mercedes by Clarence Major

 

Adrienne by Clarence Major

 

Opal by Clarence Major

 

Stephanie by Clarence Major

 

Salena by Clarence Major

 

Nita in a Tent Dress by Clarence Major

 

Marinita by Clarence Major

 

Ida Colored girl in a White Dress by Clarence Major

 

Nora by Clarence Major

 

Elrica by Clarence Major

 

Self Portrait by Clarence Major

 

Jane by Clarence Major

 

Country Girl by Clarence Major

 

Edge of The Forest by Clarence Major

 

Yellow Sunglasses by Clarence Major

 

Saturday Market by Clarence Major

 

Dancing Lessons by Clarence Major

 

Red Dress by Clarence Major

 

The Ghetto in Venice by Clarence Major

 

At The Turning Point by Clarence Major

 

A Woman and A Man by Clarence Major

 

Herding by Clarence Major

 

Dancer by Clarence Major

 

Dancer In A Wide Dress by Clarence Major

 

I Am Waiting by Clarence Major

 

Lost Connections by Clarence Major

 

The Beginning of Doubt by Clarence Major

 

The Black Vest by Clarence Major

 

The Little Black Dress by Clarence Major

 

Portrait of Bella M. by Clarence Major

 

Twelve Fifteen AM by Clarence Major

 

Saw by Clarence Major

Saw

 

The Gambling Hall by Clarence Major

 

The Fishseller by Clarence Major

 

Mother and Chiild by Clarence Major

 

The Backyard in Boulder by Clarence Major

 

View From Hotel Vietri by Clarence Major

 

Sunday Morning by Clarence Major

 

Rooftops at San Marino by Clarence Major

 

Pitcher anbd Bottle by Clarence Major