Happy Birthday to Art Clokey!

Art Clokey was born October 12, 1921 in Detroit, Michigan. And later died in January 8, 2010 in Los Osos, California. His birth name is Author Charles Farrington. While growing up his parents got a divorce when he was nine years old, Clokey stayed with his father until his father died in a car crash. After his fathers passing he went to go live with his mother and stepfather. When he got to his mothers house his stepfather didn’t want to raise another mans son, so they sent him to an orphanage. When Clokey was eleven or twelve he was adopted by a man named Joseph W. Clokey.

Art Clokey playing with GumbyWhen Art was adopted his new father taught him the arts. How to paint, draw, and do film making. His father was a musician who taught at the college. He took Art on his trips to Canada, Mexico and all sorts of other places where he learned a lot more about the art wold. Art attended Pomona College, then in 1943 he joined World War II. After he was done with the military he continued his schooling at his fathers alma mater, Miami University in 1948. Once he was done with school he started his work in animation.


Watching Gumby his most famous work, I love how a lot of the stuff in the background is Michigan related. The equipment in some of the videos say “Michigan” on the side of the trucks.

Also that there is always an adventure Gumby goes on in the episode. Something always seems to be happening to Gumby when he just has the most simple task to do. And that he is made out of clay his body will form into the shapes or make the impressions when his body makes contact with something.

-Allie Hayden, ART2570: Video Art

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