“Art is a wonderful and essential element of our society; it is the task of public art to break down the seemingly elitist barriers which prevent many individuals from seeking out art in museums and galleries” states John Clement who has rightfully earned his own place on the international art map. Public installations of his works have taken place in Florida, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Kansas and New York, and permanent displays can be found in New York, California and Texas as well as in Japan, China and British Columbia.
John Clement graduated with a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York after which, Clement began his mentorship under the most important constructivist sculptor, Mark Di Suvero. Consequently, Clement was sought after as an apprentice to luminary sculptor, John Henry. As Mark Di Suvero stated “The spiraling shapes of cylindrical forms have a fascination that is so deeply linked to life, that they seem to be the root of life. From DNA to galactic spirals, the interweaving of these forms is ever present to humans. John Clement has woven this energy with consumate artistry and a brilliant choice of color so that these works have both power and elegance. His capacity to handle steel has a grace that makes such work seem easy to achieve, but that is deceptive: the bending, joining, welding and grinding are complex, difficult and require a knowledge of the material. His strength and sense of beauty makes it obvious to me that John Clement is a talented and important artist”.
Clement has won numerous awards and commissions including the “Intervals of Prime”, Commission for Starr Industries, Philadelphia, PA; 2004 “Cojo”, Commission for Starr Industries, Philadelphia, PA; New York City Certified Artist, The Department of Cultural Affairs; and “Distance of the Moon”, Commission for Mixed Greens, New York, NY