Noted Artist, Sculptor. Between the years 1903 and 1914, seven exhibitions of Clews paintings and sculptures were held in New York City. In 1918 he bought a medieval fortress located on a promontory overlooking the Cote D'Azur, just west of Cannes, in Southern France and devoted the next 18 years to restoring the castle and peopling it with the sculptured demons and familiars of his visions. On archways he carved scaly sea monsters, on columns, beak-nosed gargoyles, while from every niche and shadow leered the grotesque beings of Clews labeled gods, jinns, ogs and wogs. Over them all, at the entrance to the castle, he chiseled the motto "Once Upon a Time." His wife, Marie Clews, created four acres of walled formal gardens, which separated the Chateau from the village of La Napoule. The Chateau de la Napoule remained Clews' home and studio until his death on July 28, 1937. He is buried in an ancient tower of The Chateau de La Napoule. Today the Chateau is a museum and art center...a memorial to Maria and Henry Clews.
Bio by: Scattergood-Moore