“I draw inspiration from my surrounding friends and neighbors — a community of displaced people who celebrate their insecurities and continue to educate this artist in unadulterated understanding that things are never as they appear on the surface.” — Karlsen Clay
Karlsen Clay is a Los Angeles-based artist primarily known for his ironic character portrayals of West Hollywood and the surrounding film and fashion industries. Using hand-cut paper and paint markers as a medium, his work ranges from whimsical portraits to architectural centerpieces.
“My work, through both its content and medium, contrasts our idea of perfection by portraying commercially attractive characters in a light of vulnerability. Like our movie stars and models, I dress my work in a new frame, display it over an attractive backdrop, then present it under gallery lights. Inevitably, it projects a stark confidence. It isn’t until one approaches the piece and explores it up close that the countless imperfections and the artist’s hesitated cuts become evident.