PRESS RELEASE: Port Side: New Paintings by Laura Waller

Laura Waller
OIG Giant II No. 15, 2016
Oil on linen
36 x 48 x 1.5 inches

PRESS RELEASE: January 4, 2017, Tampa, Florida:

Clayton Galleries, 4105 South MacDill Avenue, will open its 2017 season with a one-person exhibition: “Port Side: Paintings by Laura Waller.” The show opens on January 27, and runs through March 11th, 2017.

There will be an opening reception for the artist on Friday, January 27, from 7- 9 p.m. Waller, a Tampa-based artist and Florida resident since childhood, has focused on working waterfronts in Florida and Maine for the past ten years. Port Tampa Bay has been of specific interest to her because of the massive scale of the freighters, cranes, docks and forklifts.

“The landscape at industrial marine ports, with its rust and grit and the worn, aged sur­faces of the ships docked at port are of primary interest.” Waller explains in her artist statement for her current show. “Vessels serve as a metaphor and provide the narrative for my paintings which have recently become large in scale, with cropped images of sections of ships merging into abstraction.”

Waller works out of her two studios in Maine and Florida. Her paintings can be found in the permanent collections of: American Victory Museum, Tampa, FL; Eli Lily and Company, New York, NY; Raymond James Financial, St. Petersburg, FL; and Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

Gallery Hours are: Tuesday though Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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