Clifford Delano Land

  Clifford Land The Artist, the Man   Clifford Land is an artist born in Detroit, MI in 1955. Land started enjoying artwork even as a child. He attended art school in Detroit while still in high school, and had to ask his parents’ permission to attend life drawing classes at the age of fifteen. These classes were taken during the summer to further Land’s artist talents.  He won numerous art awards during high school and college. After attending three art schools and colleges, Land became an art director in Houston, TX.  Then his interest turned to billboard painting and he quickly established himself as a billboard artist.  He moved to New York, where he received media attention for taking billboards to the level of art and had the opportunity to paint the famous DKNY wall mural on Houston Street in the heart of Manhattan. In New York, Clifford's art career was solidified. He has had numerous art shows in New York City and around the country as well as international art fairs in Switzerland.   Clifford moved to the South to connect with the land and pursue his art talents and raise 5 children with his wife of 32 years, Sara.  Clifford Land paints in a pop/realism style. His works are painted realistically using oils and acrylics on canvas and paper. A typical painting may have a photo-realistic rendition of Bob Dylan and Bugs Bunny.  He pairs people with cartoon characters and objects and settings together in a way that he hopes others see the similarities and contrasts or parodies. He also does series of still lifes and even the occasional landscape and commission. He currently resides near the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Pigeon Forge, TN, where some of his work can be seen at many of the local tourist attractions. Clifford continues painting and showing his artwork   in art shows and select venues locally and nationally and enjoying his family and grandchildren.




College: 1978-1979 Center For Creative Studies, Detroit, MI


1975-1978 Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI


1973-1975 Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, TN


High School: 1973 Franklin High School, Livonia, MI


Skill achievements:


Fine Artist / Muralist

Sign & Billboard Painter

Art Director

Faux Finisher & other commercial decorating



Professional Experience:


1994-2009 SCENIC ARTIST / SIGNPAINTER – Self-employed, TN

1994-2000 SCENIC ARTIST / SIGNPAINTER – Sub-contractor for

Graphic Enterprises Display, Tempe, AZ, on various

projects around the country… Mall of America,

Minneapolis, MN; Speedway Casino, Las Vegas, NV;

Indianapolis Mall, Indianapolis, IN

1990-1993 PICTORIAL PAINTER – TDI, New York, NY

1990 ARTIST’S ASSISTANT – Mark Kostabi Studios,

New York, NY

1988-1989 PICTORIAL PAINTER – Lamar Outdoor Advertising,

Albany, GA

1984-1988 PICTORIAL PAINTER – Foster & Kleiser, Atlanta, GA

1984 ART DIRECTOR – Shannon Advertising, Houston, TX

1983 ART DIRECTOR / SIGNPAINTER – Quality Signs, Inc.,

Houston, TX


Outdoor Advertising, Athens, GA

1979-1980 ART DIRECTOR – Posters, Inc., Houston, TX


Sign Co., Bellaire, TX


One Man Art Exhibitions:


1994 Carol Weber Fine Art, New York, NY

1994 Collage Art, Nyack, NY

1993 Avery Gallery, Marietta, GA

1993 Gallery 614, Chelsea Hotel, New York, NY

1992 Fine Art World, Boca Raton, FL

1992 Gallery 255 – Hendrickson Art Center, Tahoe Center, CA

1992 Palace Café, Santa Barbara, CA

1992 Gallery Stendhal, New York, NY

1990 35 Downing Gallery, New York, NY


Selected Group Art Exhibitions:


1996 Hermitage Gallery, Eldorado Casino’s Grand Plaza, Reno, NV

1995 Birke Art Gallery – Marshall University, Huntington, WV

1995 B’nai Torah Annual Art Show, Boca Raton, FL

1995 Royi Akavia Gallery, Miami Beach, FL

1995 Avery Gallery, Marietta, GA

1994 121 Spring St., New York, NY

1994 Art Expo – NY, Jacob Javits Conv. Center, New York, NY

1993 Art Around the Park, Tompkins Square Park, New York, NY

1993 B’nai Torah Annual Art Show, Boca Raton, FL

1992 Art Expo- NY, Jacob Javits Conv. Center, New York, NY

1992 Gallery Sariedo, New York, NY

1992 Tenth St. Gallery, New York, NY

1992 Gallery Stendhal, New York, NY

1992 American Royal Arts, Westbury, NY

1991 Gallery Stendhal, New York, NY

1991 Avery Gallery, Marietta, GA

1991 35 Downing Gallery, New York, NY

1990 35 Downing Gallery, New York, NY

1989 Atlanta Arts Festival, Piedmont Park, Atlanta, GA

1989 Marietta-Cobb Fine Arts Center, Marietta, GA

1988 Marietta-Cobb Fine Arts Center, Marietta, GA

1987 Marietta-Cobb Fine Arts Center, Marietta, GA


Awards & Honors:


2001 2nd Place in competition Allied Arts, Chattanooga, TN

1995 Finalist in John A. Goodno Int’l Mural Competition, Huntington, WV

1989 Addy Award, - Southwestern Georgia Advertising Assoc., Gold, Silver &

Bronze Awards, Outdoor Advertisng Design Category, Atlanta, GA

1988 Painting Award – Juried show, Atlanta, GA


Akie Kimura Topal, New York, NY

Dangar Corporation, Newbury Park, CA

Dr. Gabor Rona, New Port Richey, FL

Michael Bernstein Collection, Atlanta, GA

Ringling Brothers Museum, Sarasota, FL

Sam Milliken III, Manhattan Mansion Inc., New York, NY

Susan Kellman, New York, NY