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september artist of the month

Holladay Artist of the Month Inspired by Italy

 By Stephanie DeGraw | s.degraw@mycityjournals.com

Holladay Journal September 2019


The new Artist of the Month explores interpersonal relationships  through artwork on display throughout September at Holladay City Hall.


Artist Clinton Whiting explores the invisible connection between  people. "My art embraces the space of couples in a relationship with one  another," he said.


His paintings are exhibited in shows in the United States and Europe.  He received a bachelor of fine arts from the University of Utah and a  graduate degree from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, in Italy.


Whiting credits his studies in Rome for shaping his style. "It's as  complex as possible and yet simple as possible," he said. His art is  similar in its primitive nature and expressionistic style as the ancient  Etruscan civilization art. The Etruscans lived in the regions we now  know as Tuscany, Umbria, Lazio, Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy, Veneto and  Campania. The Etruscans thrived from before 700 BC until they were  assimilation into the Roman Republic, beginning in the late 4th century  BC with the Roman-Etruscan Wars.


Attending graduate school in Italy inspired Whiting to be outside his  comfort zone and find his voice as an artist. "The cultural experience  was part of the adventure," he said. The language was not a barrier for  him as he had already served a mission for his church in Italy when he  was younger.


His passion for painting manifested as a young child. Often he  switches between painting, drawing, ink and sculpture. "Whatever it  takes to say what I'm trying to say," he said.

Whiting's gallery affiliations include the Evergreen Gallery and  Every Blooming Thing in Salt Lake City. His work has also displayed at  the Terzian Galleries in Park City.

The Artist of the Month program recognizes Holladay artists and was  launched in 2016. One artist is selected nine times a year: February  through June and September through December. The chosen artist's work is  hung in the foyer of City Hall for the month, according to Sheryl  Gillilan, executive director of the Holladay Arts Council. The artists  are then entered into the Fine Art Show the next year, and their  application fee is waived.


Nominations can be submitted by artists, arts council members or  community members. Artists can also self-nominate, she said. The arts  council subcommittee reviews the nominated artist's work. The selection  is based on quality. Applicants must live within the boundaries of  Holladay. The artwork can be in any medium. The website to submit is https://holladayarts.org/suggest-an-artist.

Clinton Whiting

On display through September at Holladay City Hall. Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm