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Clayton Brothers

Rob Clayton and Christian Clayton are brothers who have - individually - carved enviable reputations within the artworld.  In 1997 they decided to combine their strange visions of life, luck, and fate, and become collaborators.

In tandem, they are known as The Clayton Brothers, producing detailed and dynamic images, sought after for commercial use as well as by private collectors. 

Working from their Californian high street studio, the Clayton brothers draw inspiration from their immediate environment, incorporating local businesses, neighbourhood regulars, and snippets of overheard conversations as subjects for their paintings.

Their approach to painting is one of visual narrative with each image telling a story. But it is the execution of their work that makes things interesting. One brother begins a painting then hands it to the other for his interpretation. Back and forth the brothers work; twisting, elaborating, reinterpreting, editing and redirecting each other’s marks. They never enter a painting with pre-conceived notions of what the outcome will be. The end result is a challenging ambiguity, the interpretation determined by the viewer. 

Rob and Christian both serve on the faculty at Art Center College, both teaching painting and illustration. They live and work out of Los Angeles, California, sharing a store-front studio in La Crescenta.