THE GALLERY SEEKS MORE BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION, ARTWORK, AND A BETTER PHOTO OF CLARE MENTE. IF YOU CAN HELP, PLEASE CONTACT US AT: info@GalleryofWisconsinArt.com
BORN: 1929, Milwaukee
DIED: February 17, 2005, Milwaukee
Clarence, or Clare, was nicknamed "Ace" as a child growing up on the streets of Milwaukee.
Reportedly the first publicity about Clare came about when he "disappeared" while while serving on a Great Lakes freighter. In 1951 he "vanished" for 18 hours, missing two watches and sparking an intense "man overboard" search! In reality, Clare had become so engrossed in his paintings that he completely lost track of time.
A newspaper article from that time shows him posing with three of his paintings. One like Modigliani, another like Utrillo, and another resembles Marsden Hartley. From these typically '50s bohemian styles he departed to find h...