Renowned North Texas artist Clay Stinnett gets major exhibit in Fort Worth
A hugely popular North Texas artist is getting a big show in Fort Worth: Fort Works Art presents Honkytonk Lagoon, a solo exhibition by Clay Stinnett, which will span both floors of the gallery and be "an insider investigation into the mind of artist Clay Stinnett."
A native of Fort Worth, Stinnett is an artist, muralist, and musician who graduated from The University of North Texas in 2004 with a BFA in drawing and painting.
His work has been appeared in numerous shows and a video for the Toadies. He's also become the "house artist" for the Cane Rosso pizzeria chain, contributing various epic works and murals for the chain's six locations.
"The works can best be described as if you are looking through a kaleidoscope filter that has been further distorted by the mind of the artist," the release says. "His works are combinations of MAD Magazine, Garbage Pail Kids, trucker magazines, and other pop culture references painted with acrylics and airbrush, influenced heavily by Hieronymus Bosch and artist Matthew Guest."
He's notoriously productive, and for this show, he created more than 80 works for gallerist Lauren Saba to comb through to create an exhibition on a scale almost never seen at FWA.
"Stinnett is beyond prolific," Saba says. "He is so good at being an artist who proves his point of excess. When so much data, numbers, and pictures pass through our eyes in a day, how do you even distinguish one thing from another? You don’t. This excess pulls the viewer in and what they might like from afar, may shift as they approach to see all the pieces that make up the work."
This show began with the title work, "Honky Tonk Lagoon," which Stinnett says came from a Bob Dylan track.
"The lyric just stuck in my head and got my imagination going immediately. It's a mashup of ideas, which is what this body of work is all about," Stinnett says.
Honkytonk Lagoon: November 4, 2023 – January 13, 2024 at Fort Works Art, 2100 Montgomery St. Opening Reception: November 4, 6-10 pm.