Clinton Marstall – Visual Artist

Clinton Marstall @ Cerbera Gallery

Clinton Marstall @ Cerbera GalleryClinton Marstall

Clinton Marstall

For the past decade Clinton Marstall has simultaneously explored two styles of painting. One is a photorealistic approach, while the other is a hard‐edged presentation. When viewed side by side these styles are quite disparate in appearance, however the methods are rather similar in that both require a tremendous amount of planning, organization and controlled execution. Clinton Marstall’s passion for nature is the driving force behind every choice he makes as a painter. Clinton Marstall’s explorations into this realm are, of course, twofold.

Artist Statement:

“I am continuously searching for patterns in nature and thinking about the potential these patterns have for abstract compositions. I am also seeking poetic metaphors that convey how my human experiences can symbolically imitate biological occurrences in nature. I want to show how collectively disconnected from nature we have become, but also offer a passage back.

As a society we are successively bombarded with random imagery, but we have adapted to compartmentalize this conflicting information.  In the realm of painting, however, the viewer inevitably searches for a relationship between arbitrary images before dismissing the combination for lacking substance.  My goal is to reward the viewer who seeks meaning.  The meaning will not reveal a singular narrative, but will offer multiple interpretations.  My paintings serve to engage the viewer as participant, rather than recipient.”

Clinton Marstall’s BIO:

Born: 1982, Wakarusa, Kansas

Fort Hays State University, MFA, 2008
Washburn University, BFA, 2004

Selected awards/honors:
37th Annual Smoky Hill Art Exhibition Merit Award, Hays Arts Center, 2006
Creative and Scholarly Innovation Grant, Washburn University, 2004

Selected publications:
Creative Convocation, Vol. 2, Issue 1, p. 46-48, 53, 2006

Selected solo or two-person exhibits:
Mimesis, 5.4.7. Arts Center, Greensburg, Kansas, 2010
Sight and Sound, Moss- Thorns Gallery, Hays, Kansas, 2008

Selected group shows:
64th Annual May Show, Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio, 2009
Washburn Art Alumni Exhibit, Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, Kansas, 2008
Annual Smoky Hill Art Exhibition, Hays Arts Center, Hays, Kansas, 2008
FHSU Master of Fine Arts Invitational, Mercer Gallery, Garden City, Kansas, 2007