Rex Clawson
(1929 - 2007)

 

Rex ClawsonSocial and political satire with sexual overtones permeates Rex Clawson's work. As a child in Dallas, Texas, he was influenced by graphic artist Jon Witcomb, Van Gogh, Gauguin and the Impressionists. Rex later won a fellowship to the Colorado Springs Art Centre, and went on to study for a year in Mexico.

In the early 1970's, Clawson's work was exhibited in several galleries in New York. A 1963 review in the New York Herald Tribune referred to his work as "reminiscent of primitive painting in which a story is told ...(through) a symbolic image". He had two one-man shows at the Royal Athena Gallery, 1963 - 1964 in which he satirized through art the politics of the day. These shows received praise from the New York Times, Time Magazine, and the Art News, among others. His painting "Mr. and Mrs. America" is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art.

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