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Clovis Blackwell

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San Luis Obispo

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Azusa Pacific University, 2009, MFA
San Francisco Art Institute, 1999, BFA

printmaking, mixed-media, installation


Clovis Blackwell’s recent body of work, Emanations: Life/Death/Rebirth Psycho-Holocaust Love Triangle (i.e., Flowers Die), explores themes of suffering, perseverance, and transformation. As a child, he was fascinated by post-apocalyptic sci-fi, and has since come to see the significance of apocalyptic myths that suggest our longing for an ending tied to the promise of a new beginning. This simple idea is too often resisted by society, as evidenced by our culture’s fear of dying and reluctance to endure even short-term sacrifices for long-term gain. Images of flowers and nuclear weapons tests layered in vibrant and colorful intersections make the transformative power of suffering appealing.

Clovis received his MFA from Azusa Pacific University in 2009, and a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 1999. His work has been exhibited in juried international competitions and group shows in California, New York, Washington D.C., and Venice, Italy. Themes of suffering, perseverance, and transformation are central to his artistic identity. Clovis lives and works in the Los Angeles area with his wife, child, and two dogs. He teaches at Azusa Pacific University and strongly believes in the Oxford Comma.

Recent Exhibits

Clovis Blackwell participated in these exhibits:

Aug, 2014 Artists Across America
Flower Pepper Gallery
Jul, 2014 Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA) Annual Benefit Auction, 2014
Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825
Sep, 2013 Emanations: Life/Death/Rebirth Psycho-Holocaust Love Triangle (i.e., Flowers Die)
Azusa Pacific University Galleries
Jul, 2008 ONE | TWO THREE: MFA Cohort 1
Azusa Pacific University Galleries
Apr, 2013 The Illustrated Man
Azusa Pacific University Galleries
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