Clark Gussin

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Clark Gussin

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American 21st Century Realist artist

Born 1948

Born in Washington DC

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Naturalistic painter in the classic tradition of portrait, landscape, and still life.

Clark Gussin was born in 1948 in Washington, D.C., and grew up there and in North Carolina. As a boy he took an early interest in art and was sent to study oil painting at the Corcoran Gallery Art School for two years. It was there and in the National Gallery that he was exposed to art history first-hand and developed a love for the style and techniques of the Old Masters. He was especially impressed by the 17th century Dutch artists and the Northern Renaissance Flemish painters, who left their imprint on his naturalistic, classic approach to painting. In particular, while at the Corcoran, he saw Albert Bierstadt's famous painting: "The Last Buffalo", not knowing the art and history of the West would play such an important part later in Clark's life.

Influenced by many contemporary artists such as Andrew Wyeth, James Bama, and Norman Rockwell, Clark felt a special affinity to Andrew Wyeth. The rural countryside and the people Wyeth painted were reminiscent of the farm where Clark spent much of his time as a boy.

It was a common setting in the rural South during the 50's and 60's when Clark was a young man; To live on a small tobacco farm in Southeast North Carolina, Clark's family roots for over two hundred years. Looking back Clark realized how much the people, the landscape, and the life on a rural family farm influenced his life and art. His curiosity and attention to detail in the rugged and worn hands of a field worker, to the faceted, bleached boards on the side of a pack house. To the juxtaposition of his natural surroundings, and the plowed furrows on the land before planting.

As an avid outdoors man and landscape painter Clark's travels since moving West has given him many enriching experiences while living on Indian reservations, cattle ranches and developing long lasting friendships.

Clark Gussin received his BFA in Painting and Interdisciplinary Studies with distinction at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland California in 1975. While in college Clark studied with notable professors: Ralph Borge, Richard Gayton, Jack Mendenhall, Don DeVivorous, Jason Schoener and Jerry Arena. He also studied with noted poet and playwright, Michael McClure. In 2008- 2010: he studied at The Triton Museum of Art with George Rivera and Kristin Lindseth Rivera. In 2010-11, at the Bay Area Classical Atelier Clark studied painting and drawing with Juliette Aristides. In 2010, at the Warren Chang Studio in Monterey California, he studied painting and drawing with. Bestowed "Living Artist" status by the Art Renewal Center, 2014. Accepted as Artist Member into the California Art Club, 2016.

Galleries
  • National Portrait Gallery - Smithsonian Institution, Washington.D.C.
  • Buffalo Gallery - Old Alexandria, VA
  • Wild Wings Gallery -San Francisco, CA
  • Saratoga Gallery - Saratoga, CA
  • Sunbird Gallery - Los Altos, CA
  • Machu Pichu Gallery - San Jose, CA
  • Goose Pond Gallery - Morgan Hill, CA
  • John Clymer Museum - Ellensburg, WA
  • Triton Museum of Art - Santa Clara, CA
  • SOBI Gallery - Burlingame, CA

Recent Awards
  • Honorable Mention, Artistic Excellence, Southwest Art Magazine, December issue, 2016
  • Strokes Of Genius 8, Northlight Publishing, 2016
  • Art Renewal Center Salon, Finalist, 2016
  • University Art Show, 1st place, 2015
  • TRAC15, Art competition, 3rd place, 2015
  • Art Renewal Center Salon, Finalist, 2015
  • Honorable Mention, Statewide CA Painting Competition, Triton Museum of Art, 2015
  • Best of Show, 58th National Juried Exhibition at the Haggin Museum, 2014
  • Solo Show, "Route 41 Suite," Triton Museum of Art, 2013
  • 2 Honorable mentions Statewide CA Painting Competition, Triton Museum of Art, 2011
  • 3rd Place, Painting, CA statewide painting competition, Santa Cruz Art League, 2011
  • Finalist, Waterscapes, International Artist Magazine Competition, 2010
  • 2 Juror's Awards, California Art Club, Blinn House, Pasadena 2009
  • 1st Blue Ribbon, Grand National Rodeo and Stockman's Art Show 2007
  • Award of Excellence, Award of Merit-AVArt Fest, Triton Museum of Art. 2004-7
  • Purchase Award, Triton Museum of Art, 2004
  • Best of Show, National Western Art Show and Auction, 1996

Published
  • Strokes of Genius 8, Northlight Publishing, 2016
  • Southwest Art Magazine, Artistic Excellence, December issue, 2016
  • International Artist Magazine, 2010
  • "Art of the American West", Rockport Press, 1999
  • "Gallery", Western Horseman Magazine, 1999

Associations
  • California Art Club - Artist Member
  • California Watercolor Society - Associate
  • Western Art Association
  • American Watercolor Society - Associate
  • SOLA -Society of Local Artists of Silicon Valley
  • Open Studios
  • Mustardseed Media

Recent Shows
  • Artistic Excellence, Southwest Art Magazine, 2016
  • Art Renewal Center Salon, Finalist, 2016
  • University Art Show, 1st place, 2015
  • TRAC15, Art competition, 3rd place, 2015
  • Art Renewal Center Salon, Finalist, 2015
  • 58th National Juried Exhibition at the Haggin Museum, Best of Show, 2014
  • 84th Annual Statewide Exhibition, Finalist, Santa Cruz Art League, 2014
  • Art Renewal Center Salon, Finalist, 2014
  • Solo Show Triton Museum of Art, 2013
  • ARC Salon, Finalist, 2013
  • ARC Salon, Finalist, 2012
  • Pacific Art League, 2011
  • California College of the Arts Alumni Show, 2010
  • California Art Club, Historic Blinn House, 2009, 2010
  • Silicon Valley Artists Cooperative Show, 2009, 2010
  • AVArt Fest 2004, Triton Museum Of Art, 2004 - 2007
  • Works Gallery Benefit show 2005-2006
  • Society Of Local Artists Show 2006 Juried Exhibition
  • National Western Art Show - 1998
  • US Festival Of The West - 1998
  • Grand National Rodeo and Stockman's art show- 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004

Patent
  • IBM: System and Method for Graphical Context Drill-down