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Meet the Featured Artist for the William R. Larson Sr. Art Collection, Clayton Rippey...

Clayton Rippey was born in La Grande, Oregon on April 24th, 1923. Clayton Rippey is a proud father to John, Barbara and son in-law, Barry. Clayton Rippey's work is in over 1,500 private and many corporate collections. These valuable collections include watercolor and acrylic paintings, sculptures, mosaic intarsias, prints and murals. 

The Mosaic Intarsias included in this collection are far more unique than any other similar art form. When Clayton Rippey began creating this collection of Mosaic Intarsias in the 1960's, prior to the discovery of "Green Design," used his creative genius in being environmentally responsible by reusing and recycing various goods and materials. This resulted in a sustainable art form minimizing the environmental impact of avoiding waste. Clayton Rippey has said that no one else was creating this type of art at that time and proudly considers this collection to be one of his most outstanding achievements. 
After traveling much of the world, Clayton Rippey has made his home within the natural beauty of the State of Washington. In Clayton Rippey's own words found in one of our father's many personal letters from Rippey, "It's a very dreary and rainy day, but as I sit here writing this, I watch harlequin ducks, cormorants, my pets; a wild seagull named Gracie waiting for a hand out, and there is a giant sea lion just below, must be 12 feet long! So even with the bad weather, our Shangri La is great. Each year we count our blessings and thank the Guardian Angel for having installed us in PARADISE." This is a man who truly appreciates the beauty in everything, and better yet, shares it with the world through his treasured art.

In 1941 and 1942 Clayton Rippey attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois majoring in Music. Rippey then joined the Armed Forces and proudly served his Country from 1943 to 1945. During that time he was awarded the following; Combat Infantry badge, ETO ribbon with three clusters, Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. 
Majoring in fine art, Clayton Rippey received his B.A. in 1947 and his M.A., 1949 at Stanford University, California. Post-Graduate work includes: Instituto Allende, Mexico, 1956; San Jose State University, Ca., 1953; College of the Pacific, Ca., 1959; and other workshops. Rippey has traveled through the Continental United States, Western Canada, Mexico, Europe, South Pacific, South East Asia, Africa, China, Hawaii, Alaska, and Costa Rica.

Clayton Rippey has had more than 65 one man shows, as well as group exhibits all over Europe. 

Among these SOLO EXHIBITS:
Lucian Labaudt Gallery San Francisco, California 1955
Bakersfield Museum Bakersfield, California 1958-1960 (10 year retrospective) 1968
Lighthouse Gallery Los Angeles 1958 (Paintings about Jazz)
Circulo de Belles Artes Palma, Majorca, Spain 1960
Univ. of Oregon Gallery La Grande, Oregon 1963
Richland Art Center Richland, Washington 1963
Haggen Museum Stockton, California 1964
Port Townsend Art Center Port Townsend, Washington 1965 (Festival Guest Artist)
Cezanne Gallery, Intl. Bakersfield, California Open (Annual shows since 1967)
Galerie Yves Jaubert Paris, France 1973
Gallery Babuino Rome, Italy 1974
Gallery Pananti Florence, Italy 1976
Todd Madigan Memorial Museum, Bakersfield, California 1980 (University of California)
Sea Spirit Gallery Kauai, Hawaii 1980-1981
World of Legends Gallery, Los Altos, California 1983
Gallery Valente Milan, Italy 1986
Madrona Civic Center Eastsound, (Orcas Island) Washington 1988
Artworks Gallery Olga, (Orcas Island) Washington 1988
Clarion Gallery Eastsound, (Orcas Island) Washington 1996
Scott Milo Gallery Anacortes, Washington 1998
Depot Galley Anacortes, Washington 1999
Artspace Gallery Bay City, Oregon 2000
Madrona Civic Center Eastsound, (Orcas Island) Washington 2000

There have been an additional 25 solo show representations at Art Expos in Basel, Switzerland; New York City, N.Y.; Washington, D.C.; Stockholm, Sweden; and Madrid, Spain.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS: (within the last few years)
Local Exhibitions (Anacortes, La Conner and surrounding area)
Brandstater Gallery, Loma Linda University, Riverside, California: "Issue Earth (Personal write-up and photograph in ELAN Magazine)
Houston, Texas: "Images of Vanishing Nature" (International Invitational featuring artists from U.S., Canada, U.K., Belgium, South Africa, Australia, Kenya & Sri Lanka)
Jackson Hole, Wyoming: "100 Best, Arts for the Parks."
Toronto, Canada: Miniatures
Marshfield, Wisconsin: "New Visions, Culture and Agriculture"

Prof. of Art, Bakersfield College 1949/1967
Prof of Art, (during sabbatical) Maui 1967/1968
Prof of Art, Bakersfield College 1968/1980
Chairman of B.C. Art Department 1955/1976
Freelance art work...Phone Company, Local Bakersfield Architects, Channel 10 TV, and other firms in city of Bakersfield.

1st Purchase, Shafter High School, California
1st Purchase, Fedway Award, Bakersfield, California
3rd Award, Fresno, California Art League
28 Sweepstakes, firsts, seconds, & thirds...Kern County Fair, Bakersfield, California (Stopped entering competitive shows in 1965)
Artist of the Year...Washington State Ducks Unlimited 1997
Print Artist of the Year...Washington State Ducks Unlimited 1998
Distinguished Service Award for Teaching and Artistic Achievement presented by the Bakersfield Foundation, U.S. House of Representatives, and California Legislature at a dinner gathering in Bakersfield, California...1999

International Biography, London, 1973...intermittently to 1999
Artists, U.S.A.
Contemporary Personalities, Parma, Italy...1981
Personalities of the West and Midwest,...1981
Murals, by Mueller
Clayton Rippey, Ora Press, Athens, Greece
Who's Who in American Art,...1971 to 2004
ELAN Magazine...1990
Who's Who in the West,...since 1994
Influential People of the 20th Century, London, 2000
Art From the Parks, North Light Books...2000
2000 Outstanding Artists and Designers, London, 2001
The Artist Bluebook, North American Artists to 2005

World of Legends Art - Clayton Rippey


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