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Clay Spohn


Clay Spohn Painting
Clay Spohn "Silent Pool" 1953, Signed, Oil on Canvas, 31" x 28"
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Clay Spohn, Painter, 1898- 1977

Clay Spohn was a painter, printmaker, muralist, sculptor, designer, and teacher. Between 1935 and 1942, he was employed by the WPA and worked as a muralist, lithographer, painter, and illustrator. In 1945, Spohn was hired by California School of Fine Art where he taught until 1950. At this time he began a more experimental style with the support and influence of fellow artists Richard Diebenkorn and Hassel Smith.

He moved to Taos, New Mexico in 1952 and remained there until 1958. Spohn moved to New York and taught at the New York School of Visual Arts between 1964 and 1969.

Clay Spohn was an exponent of modern art and experimented with Surrealism, Dadaism, and Abstract Expressionism. A close friend of Alexander Calder, Spohn was the one who suggested to Calder that he incorporate movement into his sculpture.