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Figurative Sculpture by Bob Clyatt. My work is becoming a clearer reflection of the issues that have been my focus for decades: What does it mean to be free, and how can we become more free, even in the presence of big commitments and conflicts. My work arises as a fusion of formal knowledge -- anatomy, sculptural methods composition, sculptural history and forms - with specific intention to express a set of related ideas and feelings. But I never feel a work is complete until it has undergone transformation through a mystery theater of accident, adventure, grace, construction or a host of other influences. For me a successful sculpture is a magical object, gathering and amplifying whispers from the edges of awareness.
BIO: As a teen in northern California, Bob's interest in documentary and figurative photography moved him to create fine art prints in a darkroom he built. Several of these works were juried into Photographic Society of America exhibitions. Bob was taken on as a rare private pupil for 3 years under noted western photographer Challis Gore. During the following years, Bob focused on philosophy, family and growing businesses, founding HorizonLive and i/o 360, a prominent New York City digital design firm which employed 30 designers and was sold to a public company in 1998. Bob returned to creating art shortly thereafter with an intensive study of sculpture under several teachers in the figurative tradition, including Michael Keropian, Anthony Antonios, Sarah Coble, Andrew Cawrse. Barney Hodes and Richard MacDonald. Bob's formal sculpture education centered on his years of studio and coursework at the Art Student's League of New York. Bob also has degrees from U.C. Berkeley and MIT. Bob's works are available at these two galleries: Rye Art Gallery, 1010 Boston Post Rd, Rye, NY (914) 967-5645