Clinton Friedman: ARTWORK THAT DELIGHTS IN THE INTRICATE DETAILS

June 24, 2019 3 min read

Clinton Friedman wall art featuring botanical print. Clinton Friedman creates wall art, art prints and canvases based on botanical photography. His wall art is available at Sarza home furnishings, home décor & accessories store in Rye

 ARTWORK THAT DELIGHTS IN THE INTRICATE DETAILS

When you know, you know; there’s simply no mistaking a Clinton Friedman image. The visionary “artpreneur” has Africa wired into his creative brain, but he rejects the clichés or the obvious. Instead he focuses on fine details, patterns, textures and shapes; the light and shade which he pulls out of a carefully selected wild banana leaf, a beetle, a thorny branch or a rock.

Clinton Friedman CLASSICAL BOTANICALS LEAVES 12 ART PRINT, Bloom 9, Botanical Leaves 7

Clinton’s focus has always been on capturing “The One Image”. The essence of whatever he is photographing. The one 'whole plant'. The single strelitzia bloom. Utterly simple, but intricately detailed, when you look, and see what he has seen. Subtle yet intense, each image is a celebration of life – bold, graphic, delicate and complex.

 

 

A DEEP CONNECTION WITH NATURE


Respecting and sharing the goodness of nature is central to Clinton Friedman’s artistic ethos. His first solo photographic exhibition in 2003 - the antique, intricate botanical print revisited, re-imagined, re-born - had an impact that reverberated in South Africa and internationally, launching his career as a creative visionary. Throughout his career his work has continued to celebrate life by paying homage to the natural curiosities of our world.

 

Clinton Friedman OKAVANGO 8 ART PRINT, OKAVANGO 2, OKAVANGO 4

 

AN “ARTPRENEUR” WHO CAN TRANSLATE HIS IMAGES TO NEW FORMATS


Over his career Clinton Friedman has become known for his ability to take his images out of the confining space of an art gallery and make them available to a much wider audience. His range has grown from art prints to books, textiles, homeware, fashion garments and accessories. Almost all his products are made in Africa, using mostly local materials.

  

 

 

BOTANICAL WALLPAPERS THAT ARE COMPLETELY CUSTOMIZABLE


The Clinton Friedman wallpaper collection, in collaboration with Robin Sprong, has brought Clinton’s artwork to the walls of homes across the world. We can’t get enough of these gorgeous wallpapers, all of which can be customized - in terms of size and color - to suit your space.

Clinton Friedman Robin Sprong WallpaperClinton Friedman Robin Sprong Wallpaper

 

 

WHO IS CLINTON FRIEDMAN?


So who is the man behind the images? Clinton is a surfer, a hiker, and a gravel biker; a gardener and plantsman; a book designer-publisher; a woodworker; a lover of travel and food. His greatest inspiration comes from South Africa’s coastal city of Durban – his natural habitat and inspiration. He believes he would be unable to make his work if he lived anywhere else. All the subject matter is there, he says, he needs only to polish it.  

Clinton Friedman MARRITIME LIMITED EDITION CANVAS, OFFERINGS LIMITED EDITION CANVAS, UNRIDDEN LIMITED EDITION CANVAS

 

 

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED


What’s next for Clinton Friedman, who knows, but one thing’s for sure, he’ll bring a fresh, different perspective. “I relish stopping time in any environment: beneath the ocean, on top of a mountain pass, hanging out of a helicopter, exploring a garden, or in my studio. I choose sometimes to take the familiar and make it seem new, I try to go beyond the surface to celebrate nuance and depth, and to surprise. I see my designs and images as sometimes romantic but never sentimental; gritty but never crude; contemporary but never superficially fashionable. Expect the unexpected…” 

Clinton Freidman MY MINT MOMENT 3 ART PRINT, ORCHID STUDIES1, SHORELINES1


 

WHY WE LOVE CLINTON FRIEDMAN


We chose Clinton Friedman for Sarza customers because no space is complete without beautiful artwork. His collection really does have something for everyone; muted tones, bright colors, nuanced details or bold prints - but all with that distinctly Clinton Friedman aesthetic. We are delighted to feature a range of Clinton’s talents, from his limited edition canvases, to prints, wallpapers, homeware and accessories. 

  

  

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All imagery courtesy of Clinton Friedman, @clintonfriedman