Martin Claydon is a painter examining the space he inhabits. His relationship with the world is conveyed in his practise as he relates image and medium together. Martin is interested in the subject of his own life and unpacking his experience. His marks are made on surfaces that together speak of behaviours present in the world and call on us to asses where the boundaries should be set.
British born, emigrating to Australia in his teenage years, identity and displacement play a large role in Martin’s practice. 14 years on he is making work that addresses British Colonial history in an honest way. Interested in what he can do to destabilise remaining cultural class systems, expose incorrect versions of history and alert to remaining signifiers still in place. Martin is motivated by a responsibility to continue to correct, minimise and mock the impact British Imperialism had on this land and people past and present.
Currently working with industrial painting materials Martin takes his work place experiences into the studio mixing high and low modes of art making. These conscious acts of delivery allow Martin to bring serious concerns to the table in an approachable and often light hearted way. References to Chroma key and Green-screen are prevalent throughout Martin’s work aiding to communicate ideas of cultural editing, isolation and manipulation.
Martin Claydon was born in England, emigrating to Australia in 2002. His degree in Fine Arts consisted of stints at the See Street Gallery School, Middlesex University London and the National Art School, where he completed his BFA (painting) in 2013. His work is held in public and private collections in both England and Australia, including the Sydney Town Hall archive and Lane Cove Council Chambers archive. In August 2015 he was awarded the Lloyd Rees Memorial Art Prize.
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
2010/2014 - National Art School BA Fine Art
2009 - Middlesex University BA Fine Art
2008 - First year Fine Arts Advanced Deplume TAFE Meadowbank, The Sydney Gallery School
2006 - TAFE Ultimo Certificate III in Photography
2006 - TAFE Ultimo Certificate III in Airbrushing
2006 - Higher School Certificate – Newington College
December 2015 - M16 Drawing Prize Highly Commended
September 2015 - Hawkesbury Art Prize Commended Award
August 2015 - First Prize Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award
2017 - Borne from my Youth, Sydney
2017 - Masticate Towards the Audience, Melbounre
2016 - And I Will Grow From This, Sydney
2016 - What Becomes of Little Boys, Canberra
2016 - Paragons of Virtue, Gaffa, Sydney
2017 - Georges River Art Prize Finalist, Hurstville
2015 - M16 Drawing Prize Finalist, M16 Gallery, Canberra ACT
2015 - Hornsby Art Prize Finalist, Hornsby Art Sociaty
2015 - Hawkesbury Art Prize Finalist, Purple Noon Gallery
2015 - Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award Finalist, Gallery Lane Cove NSW
2015 - BANG group show, Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay, Sydney
2014 - Waverley Art Prize Finalist, Waverley Woollahra Art School
2013 - Undergraduate Show, Group show, National Art School, Darlinghurst
2012 - ‘In Grid we Trust, Group show, National Art School, Darlinghurst
2012 - Landscape Show, Group show, National Art School, Darlinghurst
2010 - North Sydney Art Prize, North Sydney, Council Chambers.
2009 - ‘Blood will Out’ - Group show at See Street Gallery, Meadowbank
2009 -‘End of year show’ – Joint show at See Street Gallery, Meadowbank
2008 - ‘Self portrait show” – Joint show at See Street Gallery, Meadowbank
Sydney Town Hall Archive Collection
Lane Cove Council Archive
See Street Gallery/Meadowbank TAFE Alumni Collection
Badger & Fox Gallery, Sydney
Private collections Nationally and Internationally