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. 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 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.



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


December 2015 - Honourable Mention M16 Drawing Prize 

September 2015 - Commended Award Hawkesbury Art Prize

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


2018 - Redland Art Prize Finalist, Cleveland, QLD

2018 - Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize Finalist, Lismore NSW

2018 - Albany Art Prize Finalist, Albany WA 

2018 - Wyndham Art Prize Finalist, Wyndham VIC

2017 - Georges River Art Prize Finalist, Hurstville NSW

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

2015 - Hornsby Art Prize Finalist, Hornsby Art Sociaty NSW

2015 - Hawkesbury Art Prize Finalist, Purple Noon Gallery NSW

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

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

2014 - Waverley Art Prize Finalist, 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


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