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 assess 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. 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 or Green-screen are prevalent throughout Martin’s work aiding to communicate ideas of cultural editing, isolation, manipulation and screening.

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. In 2018 he was a finalist in the Brett Whiteley Traveling Art Scholarship and the Black Swan Portrait Prize.



2010/2014 - National Art School BA Fine Art

2009 - Middlesex University BA Fine Art

2008 - TAFE Meadowbank Advanced Diploma Fine Art

2006 - Higher School Certificate - Newington College


August 2018 - Redland Art Awards Third Prize

December 2015 - Honourable Mention M16 Drawing Prize 

September 2015 - Commended Award Hawkesbury Art Prize

August 2015 - First Prize Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award


2019 - Finalist Macquarie Group Emerging Art Prize NSW

2019 - Finalist Lethbridge 20000 Art Prize NSW

2018 - Finalist Blacktown City Art Prize, Sydney NSW

2018 - Finalist Mosman Art Prize, Sydney NSW

2018 - Finalist Brett Whiteley Traveling Scholarship, Sydney NSW

2018 - Finalist Black Swan Portrait Prize, Perth WA

2018 - Finalist Redland Art Prize, Cleveland QLD

2018 - Finalist Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize, Lismore NSW

2018 - Finalist Albany Art Prize, Albany WA 

2018 - Finalist Wyndham Art Prize, Wyndham VIC

2017 - Finalist Georges River Art Prize, Hurstville NSW

2015 - Finalist M16 Drawing Prize, M16 Gallery, Canberra ACT

2015 - Finalist Hornsby Art Prize, Hornsby Art Sociaty NSW

2015 - Finalist Hawkesbury Art Prize, Purple Noon Gallery NSW

2015 - Finalist Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award, Gallery Lane Cove NSW

2015 - BANG group show, Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay, Sydney NSW

2014 - Finalist Waverley Art Prize, Waverley Woollahra Art School NSW

2013 - Undergraduate Show, Group show, National Art School, Darlinghurst NSW

2012 - ‘In Grid We Trust, Group show, National Art School, Darlinghurst NSW


2017 - Borne from my Youth, Sydney

2017 - Masticate Towards the Audience, Melbourne

2016 - And I Will Grow From This, Sydney

2016 - What Becomes of Little Boys, Canberra

2016 - Paragons of Virtue, Gaffa, Sydney


Redland Art Gallery Collection

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