Biography

Artist Statement 

Complex layering of bio-morphic shapes, interweaving design, and saturated colors only begin to describe Clayton Swartz’s unique metal sculpture designs. Looking into any one of his pieces 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. Swartz uses an array of techniques and processes employing MIG and TIG welding, plasma cutting, and grinding. When fabrication is complete, the color process begins. Using an array of brushes, airbrushes, and other paint moving tools, he coats his work with vibrant color and saturates them with 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. 


Clayton’s work blends modern abstract sensibilities with formal subjects. His current focus includes sea life which stems from his fascination with the ocean and his love of scuba diving, spear fishing, and boating. The hearts symbolizes a strong connection to family and a love of life. His modern abstracts illustrate a passion for vibrant color and form. Interested in the physical act that goes into creating his work, Clayton describes his art as a performance or dance with the material; Changing something raw into something beautiful. His vision is to enhance communities by creating sculptures that are visually stimulating and engages the community to interact with his sculptures by discovering their beauty and meaning.


Originally from Miami, as a young boy, Clayton Swartz watched his father weld and braze metals into unique sculptures, sparking his own passion for welding and creating. During his years at Dixie Hollins High school he discovered his passion for creating art. He took adult education classes and learned to weld. He continued his studies at Saint Petersburg Junior College  then the University of South Florida where he graduated with a Bachelor of  Fine Arts in Painting and Sculpture in 1999. 

While teaching art for five years for Pinellas County Schools, Clayton began his full time art career attending fine art festivals around the state. He soon began creating  large scale sculptures for private collections, businesses, and cities and municipalities.


For over 15 years Clayton Swartz lives and breaths metal work, constantly creating new and unique pieces in his studio in Pinellas Park, FL. In  2015, he opened his own gallery in Pinellas Park named Swartz Art Gallery. The gallery features a variety of

works, from metal sculpture to mixed media paintings to wood carvings and furniture.  Outside Swartz Gallery is a collection of Clayton's large scale sculptures. These pieces are displayed for the public to enjoy and are available for purchase.  Swartz Art Gallery hosts annual special events and features various local artists as well. The gallery also allows Clayton to meet with collectors and art enthusiasts and potential clients about purchasing and commissioning work. A visit to Swartz Gallery will allow you to see his current available work and see some of the best public art in the Tampa Bay area.

Clayton has an impressive work history and has completed hundred's of commissions for private collectors and public art. He is a two time recipient of  the Art in State Buildings program at Florida Gulf Coast University and  All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg has purchased and commissioned an extensive collection of his sculptures. Other notable public art include the City of Bonita Springs, City of Safety Harbor, City of Belleair,  Crabby's Dockside, Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Victoria Place, City of Bushnell, Pinellas Sun Coast Transit Authority PSTA, Gateway Apartments, Sunset Vistas, Marriott Ocean Pointe Hotel, Barrymore Hotel, 400 Beach Restaurant, Salt Rock Grill, The City of Pinellas Park, Homewood Suites, Pinnacle Housing Group, Harrison School for the Arts, City of Dunedin as well as many public and private collections in the Tampa Bay and around the country.


When not busy making art Clayton enjoys spending time with his wife Rachael and his five children.  He enjoys boating, fishing, diving and spearfishing, cycling, and attending baseball and other sporting activities with his family.

Clayton Swartz is a proud supporter of  various local charities and schools throughout the Tampa Bay area. He loves to share his passion for creating art with others.

Swartz Art

5609 Park Blvd,

Pinellas Park, FL 33781

Phone. 727-421-0553

Email. art@claytonswartz.com