Clarence Heyward – Deep Dive


SKU: 31337

Artwork Description

Clarence Heyward – Deep Dive

Dimensions: 21 x 21″ paper / 18 x 18″ image
Year: 2023
Medium: lithograph on paper
Edition: 3/30

Clarence Heyward was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He is a painter and collagist whose work explores notions of the Black American experience. Heyward tackles cultural truths, stereotypes, and questions identity in his work. He “paints his truth” and uses persons of color as subjects in his work as homage to his culture. Among his most prevalent subjects are members of his own family, as well as himself. His intimate knowledge of their lived experience informs his fresh and direct approach to contemporary figuration. He often uses the chromakey green color to reference the video concept of a green screen, upon which any background or reality can be superimposed. His use of chroma key in his recent paintings evokes a sense of possibility within identity, and a recognition that who we see is a function of who we are as observers.

Though Clarence is brand new on the contemporary art scene, several museums have already purchased and exhibited his work, including the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh, Ackland Art Museum, Cameron Art Museum, and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. The Harvey Gantt Center for African American Art and Culture exhibited his work in 2022, and his UNSEEN exhibition traveled from CAM Raleigh to Santa Fe, New Mexico.