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Clarence Ruth is a New York City-based artist, designer, and author who has made a name for himself in the fashion
industry, both as a Creative Director and Fashion Designer. He is the founder of this own brand called Cotte D’Armes.
The brand, Cotte D’Armes, is Clarence’s unique approach to denim Ready-to-wear. Based on the essence of military infused with a hint of street-chic-biker, the Cotte D’Armes denim generates a sense of rebel darkness and individuality.
Clarence Ruth is a native son of New York, born in Autumn of 1981. Ruth established early success as a young artist by winning a number of first place in art contest and fares along with one of his pieces being bought by JC Penny’s in which it still today hangs on the department store wall. Ruth has also had his artwork displayed in a number of museums such as Polk Museum Of Art, The African Museum Of Art, and Krause Gallery of NYC.
After obtaining a Bachelor degree in Fashion Design, Ruth went on to work on a number of projects as Creative
Director and Cheif Designer. Clarence’s scope of work extend beyond the United States. He was the Creative Director for the Chinese Government’s Xiqiao Road project which resulted in the most watched show during Shanghai Fashion Week FW 2015. Also, he was the Creative Director and Chief Designer for a new brand, Dirty Pineapple, in which Ruth’s unique direction and designs help make one of the top 20 shows during New York Fashion Week FW 2019.
More recently Ruth has designed, wrote, and illustrated a concept book called Colors De La Runway. Colors De La Runway has been well received and can be found on the shelves of MoMA Design Store, MoMA PS1 museum book shop, Hauser & Wirth LA, and the High museum of Art.
In the Spring of 2021 Ruth will have his first solo exhibition at Casterline Goodman Gallery.
Casterline Goodman galleries are known for their continued offer of unique paintings, sculptures and drawings by establish artist such as Jean-Michael Basquiat, Mark Bradford, Alexander Calder, John Chamberlain, George Condo, Jim Dine, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Alex Katz, Yayoi Kusama, Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha, Sean Scully, Richard Serra, Andy Warhol and many others.
As an artist I’m encouraged to create through emotions and things that move me. My work often have a social, spiritual, and/or cultural meaning behind it. For me it’s not about creating something beautiful or sellable but more about the human connection of what we deal with on a daily bases. My character building and pop art approach help to uniquely get my message a cross. These messages are often in the form of acrylic on canvas, pencil and pen illustrations on paper, and small sculptures. As an artist I would like my work to open the minds of the close minded. To educate the uneducated. To inspire the uninspired.