Today we’d like to introduce you to Clifford Dube.
Hi Clifford, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I studied art when i was young. My mother was an interior designer when I was a child. I continued to follow artistic pursuits thru high school and in college, but was not inspired really to create much. When my dad died while I was in prison over a decade ago, I made a decision to do things that I wanted to do as I recognized my own mortality. I wanted to contribute something to human culture that was important, and in doing art and sharing it with others, I found that it helped evoke emotional responses from people. My process is less simple, and more hard work most of the time, which demands much from me physically and mentally, but the end result is worth it to me. I feel like it potentially promotes healthy forms of expression and mental health. I began creating a body of work and opened up a gallery in south FL in 2013, closing it later that year. Being nobody in the art world meant I had to go do shows and continue producing work, so I began looking for artistic opportunities to share and demonstrate my work. A partial show list and sort of event resume is featured on my website passport44.com. The site also features a limited portfolio of my work spanning the last 10 years of my life from paintings to music to animation, with a large variety of designed merchandise available through partnerships with several printmakers and manufacturers. Over the last 10 years I have been all over the country to promote art, painting live at many events and setting up exhibits. My main focus is on the creation of NEW artwork, so I spend as much time as possible in my studio in Newman Lake, Washington creating. I have experimented with a variety of mediums over the years. I have created many original acrylic paintings, some having ultraviolet effects. Also, currently working on my third oil painting now. I have moved much of my focus onto the digital platform recently, working to bring my original animated ideas into the world as well as make all of the designs accessible to the world in a variety of ways through merchandising. I collaborated with Grassroots California to create some limited edition hats and pins in 2019. I like to theme a lot of my work around contrast, often featuring contrasting characters, philosophies, colors, & concepts.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
#freemypeople The road is full of potholes… Every day hoping for miracles, but putting in crazy work because that’s just the way life wants it as far as I can tell. Very grateful. Lived without running water for a couple years up here on my mtn property… thru winters and all… Having to move from FL unexpectedly wasn’t fun. The struggle is every day… It hasn’t stopped. It wont. It just changes. So I just keep doing my own thing as much as possible. I don’t know if I will ever get over being called non-essential by the govt. Definitely feels like a way to sabotage communities and stop creativity from flourishing by a govt that seems actually to be built on death, killing, and the monetization of population suicide. Art is peaceful creation in a world full of chaos. My art is. The only physical harm felt from my art is felt by me while creating it, I hope. I have permanent spinal injuries so all the physical creation methods strain me greatly. Learning to work through the pain little by little. Also learning about methods of physical therapy in order for me to perform at mediocre levels of productivity has been quite the process. I will never stop thinking creatively and attempting to make art, but I may succumb to certain limitations eventually. I turned 40 this year. The crap that led to now is ridiculous.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
My work is my compulsion.
What are your plans for the future?
Waking up mostly, but I am looking forward to when there’s a couple feet of snow on the mountain and no sounds to be heard. Snowboarding in my yard. Hanging with my dogs goats daily. I keep it pretty simple and just try to allow my inspiration to come as it will while I try to enjoy living as often as possible.
- Prints available in pretty much all budget ranges
- Originals are priced for the private collectors market and valued very highly.
- Website: www.passport44.com