Art: Clea Felien and Jave Yoshimoto
October 3, 2020 @ 5:00 pm – October 18, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
11 Ford Ave. Oneonta
NY 13820

Virtual Artists’ Reception on Saturday, October 3rd, 5-6 pm via Zoom.

Exhibit open for in-person viewing through October 18 by appointment only.
Masks and social distancing required.
Please contact to schedule a viewing.

‘The Billionaire’s Club’  is a series of paintings created as a response to my unease with the inequity of wealth in the world today. It is based on an annual event known as the “Billionaires Dinner Party”. My subjects are billionaires that have gained notoriety by obtaining their wealth either through opioids, weapons, damaging the environment, unfair labor practice and have had connections to disgraced financier and convicted child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. I am painting these portraits in a ‘ghoulish’ impasto style to set the tone. My paintings combine abstraction and realism, visually representing memory and loss. They show the disintegration of visual information, emotion, and ideology, illustrating the human experience as an endless regeneration of reality rather than reality itself.


We live in a digital information age where the daily news cycle sweeps away the waves of information that floods the media and our screens. With masses of migration happening around the globe in recent years, we have become desensitized to the tragedy and have started to forget these daily calamities. I address this social amnesia through my works, with each piece acting as a social memory- a snapshot- to these tragic events so quickly forgotten in today’s technological age. The works consist of variety of gouache paintings and a series of relief sculptures built with the process of laser engraving and cutting. My goal is to raise awareness of the daily humanitarian crises around the globe, and to inspire empathy in viewers.