Clifford Land is a Tennessee artist, originally from Detroit, Michigan. He began his professional career in advertising where he has worked both as Artist and as Art Director. Constricted by the prescriptions of commercialism, Clifford’s true excellence reveals itself in his realistic oil paintings where he is free to express his unique artistic temperament. He is most recognized for his large canvases depicting scenes from American Popular Culture.
Clifford’s artistic sensibilities developed as a young child. By the age of 10, he was intent on a career as an artist. Merging art into his life with precocious intensity, Clifford recalls spending most of his youth painting and sketching. His ability was confirmed as a young man when he was offered an art scholarship to pursue his talent.
In 1983, Clifford moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he began to exhibit regularly and make his way into several public shows and private collections. He relocated to New York in 1989, to pursue his fine art career. He now resides in the state of Tennessee, and enjoys the inspiration of the natural beauty that the state has to offer.
Early in 1992, Clifford showed a series of paintings with symbols and icons from American Popular Culture. His work is an art directed to us, about us. His subjects are our heroes, embodying those qualities most valued by our society. His paintings with figures possess charm, power and dignity. His landscapes allow the viewer to be for a moment in another time, another place not encumbered with the pressures of today. His still-lifes have a fresh approach to beauty as well.
Clifford is a realistic painter of the highest order. His mastery of drawing enables him to capture texture, surface, and detail with extraordinary verisimilitude. Yet, within his realism lies an idealizing tendency; his figures are larger than life, heroic and exceedingly beautiful.