I consider the digital breaks in the compositions to be the "mark" or gesture, but as the paintings are physically executed they acquire human and material imperfections that make them less digital and more organic.

Clay Mahn

About the Artist


Clay Mahn’s (b.1988) painting process is characterized by his use of subtraction rather than addition. By layering paint and subsequently sanding portions of each layer off, his work unearths and reveals forms which seem to already exist. Playfully engaging with elements of language, repetition, and motifs, Mahn’s paintings are deliberately composed while remaining organic. Mahn has exhibited internationally and holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He lives and works in Missoula, Montana.

News and Notables
  • Two-person exhibition at Galerie B-312, 2023

  • Solo exhibition, Air Condenser, Galerie B-312, 2020

  • Exhibited at Comfort Station, 2019