Clayton Brothers

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Wishy Washy, 2006 / Mixed Media on wood panel - interior/exterior lighting, interior/exterior sound installation / D:100 x W:100 x H: 96 inches
Collection of the Museum of Art and History

Attention Sun Thrifters (Pink), 2014 / mixed media on paper / 15 x 12 inches

Attention Sun Thrifters (Yellow), 2014 / mixed media on paper / 15x 12 inches

Attention Sun Thrifters (Red), 2014 / mixed media on paper / 15 x 12 inches

Ancestor, 2011 / mixed media on wood panel / 11.75 x 11.75 inches / Permanent Collection Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art

Your Blood System, 2007 / mixed media on canvas / 30 x 40 inches / Permanent Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

See For Me, 2012 / Mixed media on paper / 30.5 x 23.75 inches / Permanent Collection Norton Museum of Art

Absurdity Sheds in Natural Light, 2013 / Mixed media on canvas and wood panel / 40 x 100 inches

Reality Waits in Natural Light #14, (Series) 2013 / Mixed media on canvas and wood panel / dimensions variable

99% A, 2012 / Mixed media on paper / 8 x 10 inches

99% B, 2012 / Mixed media on paper / 8 x 10 inches

What If I Was Made of Nine Colors, 2012 / Mixed media on paper / 9 x 12 inches

Clever to a Fault, 2011 / Powder coated steal, paint, foam, plexiglass and bird seed / W: 105.5 x H: 93.5 D: 32 inches

Forging Wilting Wishes, 2011 / Mixed media on wood panel / 18 x 24 inches

Goodness Grapes, 2011 / Mixed media on canvas / 84 x 84 inches

I’m Thinking Yellow Orange, 2011 / Mixed media on paper / 9 x 12 inches

Stain on Lemon Yellow, 2011 / Mixed media on paper / 30 x 58 inches

Always Alive, 2009 / Mixed media on canvas / 84 x 84 inches

Anti Accidents, 2009 / Mixed media on canvas / 20 x 26 inches

Bouncing Back and Forth, 2009 / Mixed media on canvas / 58 x 30 inches

Reddi Wip Laughter, 2009 / Mixed media on canvas / 60 x 69 inches

Spacey Still-life with Protective Pigeons, 2009 / Mixed media on canvas / 84 x 48 inches

Clay Development, One and Two, 2009 / Mixed media on canvas / 8 x 10 inches (each image)

Joy Jelly Jump Junk, 2009 / Mixed media on canvas / 84 x 192 inches

Yesterday’s Goodyear, 2008 / Mixed media on canvas / 62 x 112 inches

Sensing Needs, 2007 / Mixed media on paper / 58 x 30 inches

Just Like You, 2006 / Mixed media on wood panel / 51 x 66 inches

Turbulent Tumble Tumble, 2006 / Mixed media on canvas / 84 x 120 inches

Brace Together Spin Spin, 2006 / Mixed media on canvas / 84 x 120 inches

Biography

For brothers Rob and Christian Clayton, collaboration is more than a process: the concept of symbiosis resonates through every aspect of their paintings and installations. In a practice devoid of ego and restraint, the Clayton brothers develop intensely compacted narratives on an intuitive basis. Rob and Christian Clayton seldom work on the same canvas at the same time, or discuss their projects during their creation. Playing off of a uniquely unspoken synergy, they take turns inventing, adding to, and editing each piece, propelling their "stories" through spontaneous improvisation. Entwining their independent approaches, styles, and palettes, their works operate as co-authored epics, fusing the concept of self with the communal. Working from their Los Angeles studio, the Clayton brothers draw inspiration from their immediate environment by incorporating local businesses, neighborhood regulars, and snippets of overheard conversations as subjects for their paintings. Composing their pieces in conjunction with one another, recurrent motifs, gestures, places, and figures appear within different works; creating the drama of linked experience. Set upon collaged canvases, the physical layers of their surfaces create a condensed tableaux. The brothers approach painting as a visual representation of pure energy: everyday scenes explode in vortexes of blinding color, movement is practically animated, and products make their placement, an effect similar to viewing every frame of a film simultaneously. In presenting a specific locality, the Clayton brothers relate the personal to the global, but still offer a vision of "America-as-it-is." In turn, they celebrate and share all of its diverse, spectacular, and solitary splendor. Rob (b. 1963, OH) and Christian (b. 1967, CO) Clayton both received their B.F.A.s from Art Center College of Design (CA). They have had solo exhibitions at the Pasadena Museum of California Art (CA), and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (WI) in addition to shows in Houston, New York, Beijing, Los Angeles, and Miami. Their work has also been included in shows at the Museum of the Moving Image (NY), Santa Monica Museum of Art (CA), Laguna Art Museum (CA), Kistler Beach Museum of Art (KS), Corcoran Museum of Art (DC), and the Dallas Museum of Art (TX), among others. They have also participated in more than twenty visiting artist lectures around the world, and their work appears in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (CA), Norton Museum of Art (FL), Sweeney Art Gallery at the University of California, Riverside (CA), and the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art (CA). The artists both live and work in Los Angeles, CA.