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Karlsen Clay is an artist based out of Los Angeles, California. He has fifteen years of experience working in the visual arts, primarily in the fields of industrial design, graphic design and fine arts. He has created portraits, patterns and architectural centerpieces for private collectors, retail establishment… Read More
Karlsen Clay is an artist based out of Los Angeles, California. He has fifteen years of experience working in the visual arts, primarily in the fields of industrial design, graphic design and fine arts. He has created portraits, patterns and architectural centerpieces for private collectors, retail establishments and residential high-rises — specific clients include Saks Fifth Avenue, Media Nation Enterprises, the Crown Towers of Westwood, and many more.

Clay blogs via 'The Access Mundane Project' — a portrait study of the City of West Hollywood, and in 2014 published 'Gendergarten' — a 142 page collection of artwork and essays spotlighting the city’s gentrification. Both projects feature Clay’s whimsical but meticulous character cutouts and combine his fine arts with revealing essays and intimate interviews.

Clay earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. He is also a senior artist and designer at a Fortune 500 aerospace and defense corporation where his work has ranged from designing Mars habitats to streamlining fighter-jet assembly lines. Clay donates his time to The Planning and Visual Education Partnership (PAVE), which offers scholarships to students heading into retail environment design.

Karlsen Clay lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their two children. When not working, he can often be found pushing a swing at West Hollywood Park or sipping a glass of wine in the shade at LACMA. Read Less
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