Clohn Art: Trash Art Sale in Kunming, China

This post is about the artist who created what I am currently using for my blog’s header.

Click to Enlarge My brother is the mad genius behind Clohn Art. When he started putting together some good stuff in high school, I had already moved several hundred miles away, and didn’t get to really appreciate it that much. Still, on visits home, I recognized that he had natural talent, and hoped that he would find a way to continue in his endeavors. I know not everyone “gets” his work, but as the son and brother of artists, I enjoy his work.

Clohn Art in action:

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Fast forward a couple of decades, and we’re separated by more miles than ever. I live in New England, John lives in Kunming, China. Inspired by another artist, John started painting “trash art,” paintings on cardboard that he shares on the streets for passers by to enjoy, and eventually take if they so desire. As an outside observer, it seems this process of creating art quickly then giving it away has been very good for him. Maybe I’m reading too much into it (and I welcome his comments), but my guess is that by reducing the cost and time invested into each piece, he allows himself to take bigger risks in his art. That seems like a good thing.

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Right now, Clohn Art is having a sale. You can see what happens if you sponsor one of his paintings by watching the video above. John is also including a postcard and photo for sponsors of his trash art. If you would like to see more of what he’s up to, please visit I’ve included a few samples of his work here, but these are the paintings that I plan on sponsoring… so pick something different if you decide to participate, eh?

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3 Responses to “Clohn Art: Trash Art Sale in Kunming, China”

  1. James May 3, 2009 at 8:20 AM #

    Looks like someone beat me to both Universe Dance and Seven Eyes… bummer. Still, got a couple of great pieces of art, so I’m stoked.

  2. John Lee May 3, 2009 at 11:03 PM #

    Hey brother. Thanks for the awesome post. Actually someone even beat you to “Two Blue” but they sent a list of four but only wanted two, I didn’t give them “two blue” because I thought someone else might want it. I don’t think it was any of your readers stealing from you though. So that’s good. I agree with you that making Trash Art has helped me grow as a painter.

  3. nautical star tattoos December 11, 2009 at 4:48 AM #

    great video.

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