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Clayton Price

American, (1874–1950)
Clayton Sumner was an American expressionist painter from Oregon. In 1909, Price moved to Portland, Oregon, to work as an illustrator for The Pacific Monthly magazine. Price left Portland in 1910, painting and working for room and board on the farms and ranches of his siblings in British Columbia and California for the next eight years. He visited Monterey, California, in 1918. Price's long tenure in the San Francisco Bay Area and on the Monterey Peninsula had the most profound impact on the development of his art. He visited San Francisco for the Panama–Pacific International Exposition in the spring of 1915 and decided to stay. The following January he displayed two studies of domestic animals at the Exhibition of California Artists at the Memorial Museum. This was soon followed by an exhibit of pastoral scenes at Helgesen's Gallery. From 1917 to 1920 he studied as an occasional student at the California School of Fine Arts (today's San Francisco Art Institute) under Pedro Joseph de Lemos, Lee F. Randolph and Frank van Sloun, and was awarded a second prize at the school's annual exhibit in 1920. His mentor and teacher was the renowned artist Gottardo Piazzoni. By 1921 he was sharing a Monterey studio and residential address with artist William Gaskin and the Fauvist painter August Gay, a member of the Society of Six, at the old French Hotel, known as the Stevenson House. By 1924 his art had changed radically and the press now described his works as having simplified compositions, blocks of either crude or harmonious colors, and juxtaposed planes that rendered distorted perspectives.

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