October 21, 2022 - November 12, 2022
What I See: Sculptures by J. Clayton BrightView the Exhibition →
September 22, 2021 - October 16, 2021
PAST | PRESENT | FUTUREView the Exhibition →
October 12, 2012 - November 10, 2012
J. Clayton Bright – Paintings and SculpturesView the Exhibition →
J. Clayton Bright in featured the Hunt Magazine
March 29, 2018
J. Clayton Bright featured in the Hunt MagazineView the Article →
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,”View the Article →
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.
Exhibitions with Somerville Manning Gallery
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
2002 Recent Paintings and Sculpture
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