Clayton Schiff

Born 1987 in New York, NY

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

Clayton Schiff lives and works in New York. He received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2009. His work has been presented widely, including in exhibitions at 56 Henry, New York, LOYAL, Stockholm, Sweden; Fisher Parrish, Brooklyn, Safe Gallery, Brooklyn; Nevven Gallery, Gothenburg, Sweden; and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York. Clayton Schiff’s paintings seem like representations of dreams. The artist gathers impressions of an unconscious that distorts, displaces, enlarges, and compresses experiences accumulated while awake. His haunting iconography recalls the symbolism of Arnold Böcklin, the alienation and anxiety of Edvard Munch, and Leonora Carrington’s fairylands. Yet Schiff’s fantastical creatures and strange landscapes also have a subtlety and lightness that is playful and even humorous recalling Dr. Seuss.

Exhibitions

Nervous System

Mar 13 - Apr 12, 2021

The Pictionary Individual

Feb 15 - Apr 20, 2019

Selected Works

Education

2009
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Solo

2021
Nervous System
Real Pain, Los Angeles, CA
Small World
56 Henry, New York, NY
2018
Clayton Schiff and Daria Tessler
Harpy Gallery, Rutherford, NJ
Loose Parts
Fisher Parrish Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2017
Clayton Schiff and Andy Onderdonxx
Safe Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Group

2021
Around the World, Around the World
Woaw Gallery, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
The Talking Stone
Moskowitz Bayse, Los Angeles, CA
Sunny Side Up
SUNNY, New York, NY
2020
Crescendo
New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
Reality Used To be A Friend of Mine
Selena’s Mountain, Brooklyn, NY
Y2K
New York NY (Online)
Solitude
56 Henry, New York NY (Online)
Home
Drawer NYC, New York NY (Online)
Staring At the Sun
Left Field Projects, Los Osos, CA
Make Me One with Everything
Grifter, New York, NY
Either/Oreo
Pari Passau, Queens, NY
2019
Family Show
Safe Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Way Out Somewhere
Marvin Gardens, Brooklyn, NY
20/20
Peter Blum Gallery, New York, NY
Go Away Road
Loyal Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
The Pictionary Individual
Real Pain, Los Angeles, CA
The Views
Fisher Parrish Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2018
Mars 2112
Rumpelstiltskin, Brooklyn, NY
Seafood Stew
Y2K Group, Brooklyn, NY
FFFFFFiguration
Nevven Gallery, Ostberg, Sweden
Actually Weird
Underdonk, Brooklyn, NY
2017
Filtergeist
Open House, Brooklyn, NY
No Vacancy 3
Alt Esc, Brooklyn, NY
Deep Ssips
Honey Ramka, Brooklyn, NY
Suicide Squeeze
Yomama Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
The Paperweight Show
Fisher Parrish Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2016
Plot Points
Honey Ramka, Brooklyn, NY
2015
Befana’s Secret Booty
Orgy Park, Brooklyn, NY
Let’s Get Figurative
Nicelle Beauchene, New York, NY
Finally Every Dimension of the Soil
American Medium, Brooklyn, NY
2014
Chillzone
99¢ Plus, Brooklyn, NY
Group Show Tomago
Rock 512 Devil, Baltimore, MD
2013
X-Tra Zeus
Machines With Magnets, Pawtucket, RI
2012
Romper Room
Wayfarers, Brooklyn, NY
Micro Utopia
RK Projects, Providence, NY
2010
The Uncanny Valley
Bodega, Philadelphia, PA
Mountains and Folds
Mountain Fold Gallery, New York, NY

Publications

2011
Hey Come Here
Published by Booklet

Press