Donald Clapper

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Donald Clapper

ARC Associate Living Master TM

American 21st Century Realist artist

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CONTACT INFO
Website:
www.clapperart.com
Email: clapperart@cox.net

ARTIST'S BIOGRAPHY

Although Donald Clapper grew up in the Northeast, home of many great American Still Life and Trompe l'Oeil Masters, this coincidence did not influence his attraction to the world of art. After graduating from the University of Colorado with a B.A. Degree in 1983, Clapper began a successful real estate career in Florida and his hobby interests at that time were in competitive golf and skiing.

Unbeknownst to him, an unplanned stop to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia in the late 1980's became the momentum that drew him to Trompe l'Oeil and Classical Realism after he saw an original William Harnett painting. He marveled at Harnett's ability to create both unbelievable detail and illusionary dimension and began a personal study on the Old Masters Dutch still life painters and the American painters of the late 1800's, specifically, William M. Harnett, John Haberle and John Peto.

After a period of painting still lifes, Clapper completed series of trompe l'oeil paintings that pays homage to the pioneers of American trompe l'oeil such as Harnett and Peto. In 1994, he relocated to Arizona where he still abides and works in his Scottsdale studio. Clapper's study focused once again to the genre of trompe l'oeil including this time some modern day masters, namely Ken Davies, Gary Erbe and David Brega.

In April of 2004, Clapper was a founding charter member of the International Guild of Realism, an exclusive group of today's finest realist painters dedicated to the genre of classical and contemporary realism. Clapper is also the president of the Trompe l'Oeil Society of Artists, an exclusive group of today's finest trompe l'oeil artists.

In 2008, Clapper launched a new figurative style called "Dramatic Realism". These new figure paintings represent a new style that illuminates the figure in a different and exciting way with multiple light sources with color splashes penetrating the composition. This dramatic colorful lighting creates drama and mystery to the figure. This new style combines everything that the artist enjoys in quality painting such as dramatic lighting, interesting composition, skillful technique and a unique blend of exciting color. These figure paintings by Clapper are still executed in the same skillful and academic manner that Clapper has been recognized throughout the country for his award winning and museum quality still life and trompe l'oeil paintings.

Clapper's work has received national as well as international recognition. He has received numerous articles in such publications as International Artist Magazine, American Art Review, American Art Collector Magazine and Art News. His work has been featured in many museums across the nation including The Phoenix Art Museum, The Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin and The Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has exhibited in top level galleries across the country in New York City, Dallas, Santa Fe, LA and Naples, FL.

"I paint with passion and uncompromising detail to captivate my viewers with the intrigue of "Dramatic Realism". D.C.

GALLERY SHOWS

Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
Scottsdale Fine Art, Scottsdale, Arizona
Manitou Galleries, Santa Fe, NM.
Eleanor Ettinger Gallery; New York City
Klaudia Mar Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

The New Reality: The Frontier of Realism in the 21st Century
April, 2008 through February 2011 - Eleven City National Realism Guild Museum Tour

Smith Kramer Fine Arts, Kansas City
January, 2005 through July 2007 -Twelve City National Trompe l'Oeil Museum Tour

Vero Beach Museum of Art, Florida
February 1, 2007 - May 6, 2007

Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK
October 2, 2004 - November 15, 2004

The Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM
June 6, 2003 through August 29, 2003

The Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
March 10, 2003 through June 15

The Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin
April 5, 2003 through June 1, 2003

PUBLICATIONS


American Art Collector Magazine, Eight page article - October 2011
American Art Collector Magazine, Figurative article - December 2010
American Art Collector Magazine, Six page article - February 2010
American Art Collector Magazine, Six page article - January 2008
Art News, New York Show Review - June 2003
American Art Review, Six page article - April 2003
International Artist Magazine, Seven page feature article - August 2002

AFFILIATIONS

Trompe l'Oeil Society of Artists - President and Co-founder
International Guild of Realism - Founding Charter Member
Oil Painters of America - associate member