Born in Canton, Ohio in 1975, 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 newest work explores the gray area that exists in between photo realism and complete abstraction. His characters 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.
Oblique Reflections series at Tryst Gallery