"NEW / NOW" at New Britain Museum of American Art through, June 7th 2016
Award winning contemporary artist, Clinton Deckert is renowned for his paintings where abstract thoughts and surreal imagery collide. Deckert is currently featured in "NEW / NOW" exhbition at the New Britain Museum of American Art. He has multiple works represented in the Jack and Susan Austin Warner Collection in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Deckert exhibited as an Official American Delegate of the Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts at Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, Fance. He has twice been awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship Grant from the Greater Hartford Arts Council, Connecticut. Deckert is past president of Artworks Gallery in Hartford Connecticut and served on their Board of Directors for fourteen years. Clinton has exhibited at the Senator’s Connecticut Office of the U.S. Senate and at the Steven's Gallery at the University of Connecticut. He painted a mural for the UConn Tri-Campus Psychology Department in West Hartford. In New York Deckert has shown in the famous but now defunct Monique Goldstrom Gallery and exhibited in the "Brave Destiny" International Surrealist Exhibition at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Brooklyn. His work has been featured on the cover of Art Calendar/Professional Artist Magazine, INK Publication Magazine and had work twcie appear in the New York Times. He has apperared on television, radio and has conducted numerous lectures throughout Connecticut including Connecticut Art Education Association, The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, New Britain Museum of AMerican Art. He continues to serve as Judge/Juror for regional exhibitions. Deckert‘s work is in numerous collections and he continuously exhibits and promotes the arts throughout the Northeast, USA.
Comments from Critics, Jurors and Directors
"His paintings are rendered without the hindrance of logic and their appeal comes from the eerie ambience of unique imagery capturing a timeless quality. Deckert seems keenly aware of the absurdities underlying the very concept of life." Jude Schwendenwien, Art New England, 1991"
If the gallrey installation is anything like Deckert's home, it will resemble a mid-air collision between Joseph Cornell and Salvador Dali. Every corner conatins evidence of a torrential talent and an offbeat vision. Alan Bisbort, Hatford Advocate, (in reference to studio visit prior to the 25 Year Retrospective at Paris In Plantsvile,) 2012.
"Deckert's work demands your attention, harmoniously through layers of often intense, yet subtle color balance, vigorous and various techniques that bridge the gap of what was, what can be, and what should be in the world that his work portrays. While in the gallery, his work pulsated with power as one, but when broken down piece by piece, they each tell a separate and timeless story. Clinton's work lives up to it's storied and seemingly legendary following... It's as if the gallery walls have quieted themselves to take a deep breath since the show has come to an end. Deckert has set the bar very high for the future shows in my gallery." Sean Michanczyk, Director / Owner of Paris in Plantsville, CT, 2011
"Deckert is refreshingly bizarre!", Eric Stegmaier, Fine Art Conservationist, Yale Center for British Arts, 2015
"Clint probably had some set of circumstances which can best be described as surreal at birth. He IS a modern surrealist with an uncanny ability to paint so realistically, that some of his 'mythical creatures' seem to be marching off the canvas. His work captivates the viewer. I've watched delighted onlookers as they slow down and take time to converse and interpret what they see in his work. His show was by far the most successful we've ever had here in the gallery. His art creates collectors which are die hard FANS!" Michelle L. White, White Space Gallery, New Haven, CT 2008
“Deckert’s riotous conjurings are dazzling, ingenious, provocative and injected with a sense of fun." Steve Starger, Journal Inquirer Art New England, 1997
The vacillating between the real and unreal world of Clint Deckert's work beguiles one's imagination and leaves the viewer with a sense of a pleasurable journey.” Jack Lardis, President of Oil Drum Art, 2005
"Deckert takes it all on - color compatibility, canvas structure, field depth, compositional nesting, classic themes and commentary. Even given day to reflect ... it is doubtful that I would be able to get to the root of the image." Leah Lopez Schmalz, Guilford Courier, 2007
"Clinton Deckert has created with and entered with mind a world of color and zaniness found just over a forbidden, towering wall." Stewart Wilson, Executive Director of Artwell, 2003
"Deckert challenges us to step beyond our assumption and expectations of what is a familiar to a fresh look at associations, redefining and ultimately expanding our sense of what makes things real." Mary Kramer, Director of the Promenade Gallery at the Bushnell 1994