Clay Ketter’s work is characterized by an uncompromising clarity, be it painting, sculpture or photographic work. Although following an evolutionary path which appears to be completely logical, Ketter manages to take the viewer by surprise again and again by a skillful combination of content and execution. His artistic career originates in Sweden, which has been his home since the late 1980’s, while his work has been exhibited in numerous museums, art institutions and galleries around the world. Early on in his career, Ketter experimented with materials not normally associated with fine art: his Wall Paintings and Trace Paintings challenge the viewer as to the distinction between craftsmanship and art, often succeeding in the refutation of this distinction. Through the years, Ketter’s art has evolved around more existential issues. Mankind’s futile struggle for protection against natural forces as well as other inevitabilities can be seen as the thematic backdrop for the photographic series Gulf Coast Slabs as well as his claustrophobic assemblages of doll’s houses. In these traces of human life and deconstruction, Ketter’s art is outstanding in its ability to highlight the fragility of our existence.
Clay Ketter (b 1961 in Brunswick, Maine) works in painting, sculpture and photography. Over recent years, Ketter has had solo shows in New York, Paris, London and Copenhagen, as well as participated in group shows at Whitechapel Gallery and Saatchi Gallery, London, Lunds konsthall and Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art/Skissernas museum, Lund. In 2009, he had a major solo show at Moderna Museet in Stockholm.
He is represented in numerous collections such as Moderna Museet, Malmö Konstmuseum, Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art/Skissernas museum, Lund, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, Louisiana, Denmark, Saatchi Collection, London, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Brooklyn Museum, New York, Perez Museum Collections, Miami, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, to name a few.