Clifford Rainey Bio

Bio: Clifford Rainey


Clifford Rainey (Whitehead, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, 1948) is a British artist whose work has been exhibited internationally for 35 years. Principally a sculptor employing cast glass and drawing as primary methodologies, his work is interdisciplinary, incorporating a wide spectrum of materials and processes. A passionate traveler, he references his experience: encompassing Celtic mythologies, classical Greek architecture, the blue of the Turkish Aegean, Globalization and the iconic American Coca-Cola bottle, the red of the African earth, and the human figure, combined with cultural diversity, all intermingle to provide sculptural imagery charged with emotion.

Mr. Rainey’s work has been exhibited internationally, including: The Ulster Museum (Northern Ireland), The Victoria and Albert Museum (London), The Kunstmuseum (Dusseldorf), The Millennium Museum (Beijing), and the Museo de Arts Contemporaneo (Mexico). His work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums including: Irish Museum of Modern Art (Ireland), MH deYoung Museum (California), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (California), Museum of Art and Design (New York), Fine Arts Museum of Boston (Massachusetts), and the Montreal Museum of Fine Art (Canada). He realized a number of public art commissions, including: The Lime Street Railway Station (Liverpool, England), the Jeddah Monument in Saudi Arabia (Saudi Arabia), and the 911 Communication Center in San Francisco (California).

Balancing his commitment to studio practice with his desire to share knowledge, Mr. Rainey lectured extensively around the world, and was a lecturer at The Royal College of Art in London for 7 years. He is now a Professor of Fine Art and Chair of the Glass Program at the California College of the Arts. His awards include the Virginia A. Groot Foundation Award (Chicago), and the 2009 UrbanGlass Outstanding Achievement Award (New York). He received a Master of Arts degree from the Royal College of Art, London, 1973. A Napa, California resident, he is a member of the Chelsea Arts Club in London.