clay Vorhes

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  • Clay Vorhes
    Banana Split, 2021-2022
    Oil on panel
    Image size: 10 X 10
    Framed

    $1,000.00
  • Clay Vorhes
    Banana Split, 2023
    Oil on linen
    Image size: 6 X 6
    Framed

    $625.00
  • Clay Vorhes
    Berry A La Mode, 2023
    Oil on linen
    Image size: 6 X 6
    Framed

    $625.00
  • Clay Vorhes
    Burgers And Fries, 2020
    Oil on canvas
    Image size: 10 X 12
    Framed

    $1,100.00
  • Clay Vorhes
    Cream Pie Slice, 2023
    Oil on canvas
    Image size: 5 X 7
    Framed

    $625.00
  • Clay Vorhes
    Dipped Bananas, 2020
    Oil on wood
    Image size: 14 X 11
    Framed

    $1,300.00
  • Clay Vorhes
    Easter Slough I
    Oil on panel
    Image size: 6 X 12
    Frame size: 7.25 X 13

    $950.00
  • Clay Vorhes
    Easter Slough II
    Oil on board
    Image size: 10 X 8
    Frame size: 11 X 9

    $950.00
  • Clay Vorhes
    Easter Slough, 2023
    Oil on canvas panel
    Image size: 6 X 12
    Framed

    $950.00
  • Clay Vorhes
    Fat Boy Special, 2020
    Oil on canvas
    Image size: 12 X 16
    Framed

    $1,600.00
  • Clay Vorhes
    Flapjack Stack, 2023
    Oil on wood
    Image size: 7 X 5
    Framed

    $625.00
  • Clay Vorhes
    Heel With Bow, 2014
    Oil on cardstock
    Image size: 9 X 9
    Framed

    $950.00
  • Clay Vorhes
    High Heels I, 2014
    Pastel
    Image size: 7 X 25.25
    Frame size: 14 X 32.5

    $1,250.00
  • Clay Vorhes
    Panini Sandwich, 2020
    Oil on canvas
    Image size: 9 X 11
    Framed

    $1,000.00
  • Clay Vorhes
    Tulip Sundae, 2021
    Oil on cardstock
    Image size: 5 X 6
    Framed

    $600.00
  • Clay Vorhes
    Yosemite Falls, 2023
    Oil on canvas
    Image size: 12 X 6

    $950.00

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  • Clay Vorhes
    California Breakfast, 2024
    Oil on linen
    Image size: 10 X 10
    Framed

    $1,000.00
    SOLD
  • Clay Vorhes
    Heel With Bow On Yellow, 2014
    Oil on cardstock
    Image size: 8 X 11
    Framed

    $950.00
    SOLD
  • Clay Vorhes
    High Heels II, 2014
    Pastel
    Image size: 7 X 25.25
    Frame size: 14 X 32.5

    $1,250.00
    SOLD
  • Clay Vorhes
    Man O’War, 2011 (M154)
    Oil on canvas
    Image size: 36 X 48
    Frame size: 38 X 50

    SOLD
  • Clay Vorhes
    Three Bites, 2023
    Oil on linen
    Image size: 6 X 6
    Framed

    $625.00
    SOLD

Biography

Clay Vorhes creates paintings that skirt the line between representation and abstraction. When seen from afar, these arresting images seem like nonobjective compositions. The network of lines that thrust across each canvas harks back to the taut, haunting geometries of Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park series. As one moves closer, however, it soon becomes clear that these paintings are populated by small figures that hang, leap and suspend precariously from the linear frame. These people are performers—acrobats, divers, gymnasts and dancers.

In visual terms, these figures provide accents that offer relief from the stark scaffold of lines. They punctuate the compositions, creating a cadence of organic points and counter-points. In human terms, these figures function as ready access points to the paintings, making inert geometry seem vital and alive. We identify with these diminutive figures. They draw us into the work, pulling us into the narrative by allowing us to marvel at their feats of daring. The French novelist and critic Michel Butor once spoke of the need for artists to ‘populate’ painting. Vorhes does this literally by turning abstraction into a world full of people who lead lives of precarious balance—just like us.

Michael Zakian, Director
Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art
Pepperdine University

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