Oblique Reflections series at Tryst Gallery
Born in Canton, Ohio, Clay Elliott has been creating art for most of his life. Clay's early experiments in abstract expressionism and life drawing helped in creating an aesthetic that combines both genres. His paintings are heavily influenced by 60's poster art and cubism- at once modern and retro, Clay's art seems lost in time.
Now living and working in Tempe, Arizona, Clay's current work explores the gray area that falls in between photo realism and complete abstraction. His images are deconstructed to their most elemental shapes and then put back together again like pop surrealist jigsaw puzzles. Many of Clay's paintings literally fall apart into swimming seas of shapes as one moves in for a closer look.