Clayton Keyes

Clayton Keyes

OK, United States

About Clayton Keyes

My sculpture tells stories that are human, relatable, and strive to leave some trace on the viewer through communicating an emotional narrative.

My work stems from a lifetime spent exploring the human form. This provides for my fascination with it as subject and for my interest in the psyche within it.

Frequently my sculpture depicts my enchantment with our form and the results of my examination of human nature, a pursuit, which often leaves me cold. This inner conflict is manifested through my use of the figure to articulate an investigation and at times, a reproaching of human behavior. Though I regularly address and underscore the trespasses of humanity against itself, its neighbors and environment, I am repeatedly drawn to depict its individual resiliency and strength.

Ultimately, my pursuit of exploring and portraying the emotions elicited by strife and oppression come from an urge to impress upon the viewer the experiences of the oppressed and to draw from them empathy for such.

The duality of my feelings about humanity are mirrored in my treatment of the form. Just as I strive to imbue figures with narratives and emotions that may be difficult to confront, I equally strive to make the rendering of the figure visually stimulating and even alluring. This creates the effect of simultaneous attraction and repulsion, which causes mixed emotions within the viewer. My wish is for the viewer to be confronted with and experience this conflict, as it is this conflict that allows me to indelibly affect them.


2011 MFA Ceramics, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

2000 BFA 3-Dimensional Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

1998 AA Art, Northern Oklahoma College, Tonkawa, OK


2012 Small Favors IV - Invitational - The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

NCECA - Invitational - Push Play Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue,WA - Curator: Linda Ganstrom

2011 Material Mastery KACA - Eppink Gallery, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS - Juror: Elaine O. Henry

New and Familiar Faces - Featured Artist - MA Doran Gallery,Tulsa, OK

National Contemporary Realism Show - MA Doran Gallery,Tulsa, OK

University of Tulsa MFA Thesis Exhibition - omens and prodigies - Myers Gallery, Living Arts, Tulsa, OK
2011 Figurines Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM

2011 Figuration The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

2010 Un-Wedged Contemporary Ceramic Work Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA

Juror: Andy Nasisse

2010 Red Heat National Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition Alexander Hogue Gallery, Tulsa, OK

Juror: Adrian Arleo

2010 7th Annual Marge Kalodner Brown Graduate Student Exhibition The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

Juror: Marge Kalodner Brown

2010 42nd Annual Gussman Student Exhibition Alexander Hogue Gallery, Tulsa, OK

Juror: David Mesple

2010 44th Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX

Juror: Ron Koehler

2010 2nd Annual Beyond the Brickyard Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

Juror: Wayne Higby

2009 41st Annual Gussman Student Exhibition Alexander Hogue Gallery, Tulsa, OK

Juror: Laura Kina

2008 Momentum Living Arts Gallery, Tulsa, OK

Juror: Sunni Mercer

2007 Long, Hot, Summer Show Pearl Gallery, Tulsa, OK

Jurors: Janet and Doug Edwards

2003 Kampai Floating World Gallery, Tulsa, OK

Jury: Kampai Artists Group

2001 Emerging in Oklahoma Eleanor Kirkpatrick Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK

2000 Outart IAO Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK