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b. 1956, American
Looking at Wayne Claypatch’s work one is transported to another time and place. His figurative drawings and paintings often are a clashing of worlds, in which iconic characters of the past exist in unparalleled situations. His unique style of painting features colorful swirls of oil paint. The work itself is eccentric and nostalgic, reimagining images and characters from Claypatch’s childhood.
So often we forget to nurture the child that is inside all of us. Claypatch’s work speaks directly to that sense of untouched wonder and creativity. The “rules” of art ask us, as viewers, to categorize what we see, in order to better understand it. To categorize Claypatch’s work would be to take away the thing that makes his work notable; it does not fit constraints or conforms, it exists as an extension of the artist’s imagination.
Claypatch’s work brings joy to those who view it. Whether it is a remembrance of a favorite childhood toy, or of a tender moment shared with a loved one, Claypatch’s work sparks genuine connections.
Wayne Claypatch received his BFA and MA from St. Cloud State University. In 1977 he attended a Fine Arts Study program in Europe and apprenticed under Phillip Pearlstein in 1980. Claypatch has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions over the past 30 years. His work is housed in several private and public collections nationally.