J. Clayton Bright combines his keen power of observation with his highly skilled craftsmanship to create bronzes, which radiate with life. Each of his sculptures truly reflects his model’s individual nature and personality. His understanding of the subject’s physical and spiritual attributes allows Bright to achieve realistic sculpture with a sophisticated emotional clarity.
The subject matter of these bronzes ranges from people, young and old, navy and white, male and female, to a wide variety of animals, both wild and domesticated. Bright works only from life, so he can gather his understanding of the model’s personality.
Once he lay on the ground at the base of a three and a half foot fence while a friend jumped a horse over him, the purpose being to gain an understanding of the horse’s stomach muscles when it jumped.
Even when doing a seemingly generic subject: a hound running or a child on her pony, Bright chooses a particular model who reflects his vision. The resulting bronzes radiate tremendous energy, and brings to the observer a sense of warm recognition of the subject matter.
These sculptures vary in size ranging from some box turtle shells four and a half inches long to a life-size Jersey cow measuring seven feet in length. Bright sculpts unique commissions for clients, as well as offering limited editions of sculptures created from his own inspiration, often evoked by chance observation of a movement or gesture.
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
2012 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