1335 Gusdorf Rd. Suite i
Taos, NM  87571
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 Clay Spohn (1898-1977)  

Born in San Francisco (1898); raised in Piedmont, Calif. Attended California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA. (19ro- 16). Studied at the California School of Fine Arts (1914,1920-21). Majored in economics and studied art with Perham Nahl and Eugen Neuhaus at University of California, Berkeley (1919- 22). Studied landscape painting with Armin Hansen, Monterey, CA. (summer 1921). Studied with Guy Pene du Bois, George Luks, Kenneth Hayes Miller, and Boardman Robinson at Art Students League, New York City, where he befriended Alexander Calder (1922- 24).

Traveled in Italy and France; attended the Academie Moderne, Paris, run by Fernand Leger and Othon Friesz (studied with latter); met Surrealists; worked with Calder on kinetic sculpture, precursor of the mobile (1926-27). Returned to San Francisco (1927). Worked for Works Progress Administration Federal Arts Project on murals: painted Montebello, CA, Post Office murals (1938) and Los Gatos Union High School mural (1939). Worked on decorations for first San Francisco Open Air Show (1941). Executed Fantastic War Machines and Guerragraphs (1941-42). Served as technical illustrator for the U.S. Navy (1942-44).

Taught at California School of Fine Arts (1945-50). Created Museum of Unknown and Little-Known Objects (1949). Lived in New York City (1950-51). Lived in Taos, NM (1951- 57) . Taught at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass. (1958). Moved to New York City (fall 1958). Received one of the first Lanna Foundation Grants, directly from Patrick Lanna (1961-62), Patrick Lanna kept six works Spohn created during this time period. Taught at School of Visual Arts, New York City (1964-69). Lived in Taos (1969-71). Moved to New York City (1971). Died in New York City (1977).

Selected One-Person Exhibitions San Francisco Art League and Art Center Gallery (1931); San Francisco Museum of Art (1942); Rotunda Gallery, City of Paris department store, San Francisco (1946); Stables Gallery, Taos, N.M. (1947); Arrium Orbis Corp., Santa Fe, N.M. (1971, cat.); The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA (1974, cat.)

Included in a major traveling group exhibition (1997): San Francisco School of Abstract
Expressionism (based on the publication of the same name, published by the University of
California Press), at the Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Laguna Beach California, and San
Francisco Museum on Modern Art.

Selected works currently in our inventory :

Images are not to scale.

"Ballet of the Elements"
  oil on masonite - 1952
  19.75" H x 27.75" W 

"Untitled Landscape"
  oil on canvas - 1952
  26" H x 38" W - SOLD 

"Exuberant Garden"
  oil on canvas - c. 1940s
  44" H x 30" W - SOLD

"The Living Moment"
  oil on canvas - 1961
  79" H x 107" W - SOLD