Clayton Swartz

Complex layering of biomorphic shapes, interweaving design, and saturated colors only begin to describe the works by artist Clayton Swartz. Looking into any one of his sculptures will take you deep into a maze of parts, design, formal unities, and holistic composition that will give you a sense of revelation into the sculptures design and meaning. He uses an array of techniques and processes to complete aluminum sculptures. The metal working process employs MIG and TIG welding, plasma cutting, and grinding. When fabrication is complete, the color process begins. Using an array of brushes, airbrushes, and paint moving tools he coats his work with a saturated translucent automotive finish. These special techniques are used to create vital effects in the work that treat each shape as its own abstract painting while working in conjunction with the whole sculpture. This process also makes his sculptures long lasting and suitable for outdoor display. His work blends modern abstract sensibilities with formal subjects. Some of his most note able work includes ocean life which relates to his fascination with the ocean especially scuba diving, spear fishing, and boating. The hearts symbolize a strong connection to family and a love of life, and his modern abstracts illustrate a passion for vibrant color and form. He hopes his work inspires others to fully appreciate life for all its beauty and goodness. He is interested in the physical act that goes into creating his work. He describes his works as a performance or dance with the material…a chance to change something raw into something beautiful.

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