J. Clayton Bright

J. Clayton Bright, Discovery, Bronze, 13 x 40 x 10 ¾ inches
J. Clayton Bright, Discovery, Bronze, 13 x 40 x 10 ¾ inches



Somerville Manning Gallery Sculptors Featured in The Hunt Magazine

December 15, 2023

6 gallery sculptors featured in The Hunt Magazine / Winter 2023-24

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J. Clayton Bright To Be Featured at Kennett Library

April 29, 2023

Chadds Ford Live

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J. Clayton Bright in featured the Hunt Magazine

March 29, 2018

J. Clayton Bright featured in the Hunt Magazine

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J. Clayton Bright, Capturing form through oil and clay

November 23, 2012

October 2012 American Art Collector Magazine “What usually happens is in a sculpture for me it that I see something, a movement or a gesture, which to me is characteristic of that person or animal and I want to capture that particular split second when it happens,”

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Born in the Philadelphia area in 1946, Clayton initially enlisted in the army. Following his discharge, he worked in Australia, and then hitchhiked through the Far East, Middle East, and Europe.

Upon his return to Philadelphia, he worked at the stock exchange until a chance encounter with a Jersey cow launched his career as a sculptor. Clayton first met the cow while walking through the countryside in 1977. Her alluring curves made a great impression on him and gradually the idea of the cow as a bronze took root. A sculptor friend gave an afternoon’s instruction in the craft of sculpture and Clayton finished his first piece, Neilson’s Cow, that year. Clayton now has a studio in the countryside west of Philadelphia.

Clayton combines his keen power of observation with his highly skilled craftsmanship to create bronzes that radiate with life. His subject matter ranges from people, young and old, male and female, to a wide variety of animals, both wild and domesticated. They vary in size, as well, ranging from four inches to seven feet in length.

Bright works only from life, so he can gather his understanding of the model’s personality. He always chooses a particular model who reflects his vision. The resulting sculptures reflect his model’s individual nature and personality, bringing a sense of warm recognition to the observer. His understanding of the subject’s physical and spiritual attributes allows Bright to achieve realistic sculpture with a sophisticated emotional clarity.

Bright’s unique talents have resulted in the placement of his bronzes in numerous private and corporate collections in the United States, Europe, South America, and Japan. His work is also represented in the collections of several museums.

2022         What I See: Sculptures by J. Clayton Bright

2021          PAST | PRESENT | FUTURE

2014          Man’s Best Friend – The Art of the Dog

2012         J. Clayton Bright: Paintings and Sculpture

2007         Animalier

2002         Recent Paintings and Sculpture

Selected Public Collections

Leonard B. Andrews Foundation, Malvern, PA
Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA
Foxcroft School, Middleburg, VA
MBNA Corporation, Wilmington, DE
Mayfield Dairy, Inc., Athens, TN
Seiko Watch Collection, Tokyo, Japan
USF & G, Baltimore, MD
Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., Philadelphia, PA
Bankers Trust, Palm Beach, FL

Sculpting From Life, J. Clayton Bright at Ladew Gardens
Sculptor J. Clayton Bright discusses his 2021 residency at Ladew Topiary Gardens