Clayton Galleries

Current Exhibition

March 9 - May 19


"needles and pins ," oil on paper, 22 1/2 " x 30 1/4" (detail)

Our second exhibition this year features new work in a one-woman show by Sarasota artist Claudia Ryan. The show will include her paintings, drawings, and prints. Ryan's work is also currently featured at the Tampa Museum of Art's "Skyway Curator's Choice" exhibition, running until April 1st .

"eat your leafy greens," oil on canvas, 30" x 30" (detail)

In describing her process Ryan says "I am inspired by the knowledge that every person carries around in herself a history that is oceanic in nature, one that stretches back to the first spiny creatures. I imagine the layers in my work as things, images, and interactions, everything, piling up since the beginning. I recognize the unconscious as an accumulation of all the transactions taking place in thirteen billion years of the universe. It's too big an animal to take on, well, consciously, so I try to stay open to it and out of its way, hoping something may happen."

"by the sea," oil on canvas, 60" x 72" (detail)

Ryan received a Certificate of Fine Art from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California, a BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida, and an MFA from University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

The work can be viewed during regular hours: Tuesday through Friday from 10 - 5 and Saturday 11 - 4.

For more information, please contact us at (813) 831-3753 or