Born 1971 in McAllen, Texas. Lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Clarity Haynes is known for her long-standing explorations of the torso as a site for painted portraiture. Works in her Breast Portrait Project, always painted from life and usually monumental in scale, have focused on themes of healing, trauma, and self-determination. While the bodies tell the intimate stories of other people, a recent series of altars are self-portraits of sorts, made up of mementos and power objects collected by the artist over decades. Feminist and queer craft practices are often honored in her work. Bright colors, lively compositions and multiple narratives conjoin in the depictions of both bodies and altars.
Clarity Haynes received her MFA from Brooklyn College and a CFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Her work has been exhibited widely, including at INVISIBLE-EXPORTS, Denny Dimin Gallery, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC. Her work has been discussed in publications like The New York Times, Hyperallergic, Art in America, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Art Forum, Juxtapoz Magazine, and Beautiful/Decay Magazine.
“The Altar: Threshold for Representation and Activation” was a gallery talk between Kay Turner and Clarity Haynes on January 18, 2020 at Denny Dimin Gallery. The talk accompanied Clarity Haynes’s exhibition Altar-ed Bodies.
Denny Dimin Gallery & New Discretions