My work involves a very up-close, scientific examination of absurdly iconic forms rendered in polymer clay. I create paintings of these small sculptural shapes in a manner that blurs the distinction between painting, digital modeling, and photography.

The small clay sculptures I use as the subject of my paintings are suggestive of both adult and juvenile themes. I question the humanity of being “grown up”, by imbuing my forms with sinister undertones.

In contemporary society, more and more of our environment is experienced indirectly through reproductions, and simulations. I want to represent this mediation of experience, by creating art that is simultaneously a photograph, a digital image, a sculpture, an icon, and a painting.

My process involves creating a sculptural “icon” from polymer clay, photographing the shape, digitally altering the photograph, creating a high quality print of the digital file, and then translating this image with paint onto a wood panel.

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Out of the Closet (2018)

Biomorphic (2014)

Summer Selections (2013)

Soft Cell (2013)

Summer Invitational (2012)


Sinister Play (2011)

Selected Bibliography

Tim Ripley reviews in ARTnews

Tim Ripley


C.H.U.D, 2014

War Games

War Games, 2013

Top Gun

Top Gun, 2013

Drugstore Cowboy

Drugstore Cowboy, 2012

Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing, 2013

The Right Stuff

The Right Stuff, 2013

Uncle Buck

Uncle Buck, 2012


Annie, 2012

Devil Bunny

Devil Bunny, 2012

Body Heat

Body Heat, 2012

Ruthless People

Ruthless People, 2012

Nice Dreams

Nice Dreams, 2011

Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias, 2013

Armed and Dangerous

Armed and Dangerous, 2013

Die Hard

Die Hard, 2013

Purple Rain

Purple Rain, 2012

Eating Raoul

Eating Raoul, 2012

Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal, 2011


Rumblefish, 2001

Sex, Lies, and Videotape

Sex, Lies, and Videotape, 2010

This is Spinal Tap *SOLD

This is Spinal Tap *SOLD, 2011

Valley Girl

Valley Girl, 2011


Flashdance, 2011

The Pit

The Pit, 2009

Blue Velvet

Blue Velvet, 2013

System 7

System 7 , 2014


Henry , 2014

Full Metal Jacket

Full Metal Jacket, 2014


Scanners, 2014


Vacation, 2014

My Bloody Valentine

My Bloody Valentine, 2014


Brazil, 2014

Reference System 57

Reference System 57, 2014

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