Selected works by Clayton Brothers

Clayton Brothers
Turbulent Tumble Tumble


Mixed Media on Stretched Canvas

213.4 x 304.8 cm

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 intense compacted narratives on an intuitive basis. Rob and Christian Clayton seldom work on the same canvas at the same time, or discuss of their projects during making. Playing off their 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.

Clayton Brothers
Brace Together Spin Spin


Mixed Media on Stretched Canvas

213.4 x 304.8 cm

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. Composing their pieces conjunctively, motifs, gestures, places, and figures reoccur within different works, creating inter-linked dramatic scripts. Set on collaged canvases, the physical layering of their surfaces reflects their condensed tableaux. Approaching painting as a visual representation of pure energy, everyday scenes explode in vortexes of blinding colour, animated movement, and product placement, giving the effect of viewing every frame of a film simultaneously. Through presenting a locality, the Clayton brothers relate the personal to the global. Offering a vision of America-as-it-is, they celebrate and share all its diverse, spectacular, and solitary splendour.

Clayton Brothers's Biography

Clayton Brothers
Rob Clayton
Born in 1963, Dayton, OH
Lives and works Pasadena, CA

Christian Clayton
Born in 1967, Denver, CO
Lives and works in South Pasadena, CA


Open to the Public, Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Malan, IT
Texas Contemporary Art Fair, Houston, TX

Clayton Brothers: Inside Out, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA

Clayton Brothers: Inside Out, Pasadena Museum Of Contemporary Art

Clayton Brothers: Inside Out, Madison Museum Of Contemporary Art, Madison

Jumbo Fruit, Patrick Painter Inc, Santa Monica, CA

AS IS, Apama Mackey Gallery, Houston, TX

Patient, F2 Gallery, Beijing, China

Wishy Washy, Bellwether Gallery, New York, NY

Art Statements, Mackey Gallery, Art Basel Miami, FL

Six Foot Eleven, LA Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Green Pastures, LA Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Black Mirror: Art as a Social Satire, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

Abstract Figurative Portrait Painters, Mirus Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Clayton Brothers: Your Most Special Day - A Painting Survey, ARTSY, Mark Moore Fine Art, Culver City, CA

MOAH 30th Anniversary Acquisitions Exhibition, Museum of Art History, Lancaster, CA
Skateborts, Curated by Robert Hak and JĂĽrgen Knubben, FORUM KUNST, Rottweil Germany

Golden State, Bunsen Goetz Galerie, Nuremberg Germany
Damn Everything But the Circus, honoring the legacy of artist Sister Corita Kent, PMCA, Pasadena, CA
Pulse Art Fair, Antonio Colombo Art Contemporanea, Milan, Italy, Miami, FL
MANIFEST: JUSTICE, Sons & Brothers AND Arts for Amnesty, Los Angeles, CA
Artefiera Bologna, Antonio Colombo Art Contemporanea, Bologna, Italia
행사명: AHAF Seoul, Keumsan Gallery, Seoul Korea
Dallas Art Fair, Dallas, TX
The Duck Show in LA, Minotaur Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
In Bloom, Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City, CA
Clayton Brothers Studio Lecture Series and Workshop, Fashion Institute of Technology, La Crescenta, CA

Miami Projects, Miami, FL. Mark Moore Gallery
Artissimo Art Fair, Milan, IT. Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea
The Cat Art Show, Sloan Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Dime Bag 4, Curated by Jordin Isip, The End is Near Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Texas Contemporary, Houston Texas, Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Contemporary Art, Amsterdam, NL Spectacle, Museum of the Moving Image, New York, NY Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA (Clayton Brothers)
Wider Than A Postcard, Breeze Block Gallery, Portland, OR (Clayton Brothers)
Direct Address: An Inaugural Group Exhibition, Josh Liner Gallery, New York, NY
HEY! Part 2 Modern Art and Pop Culture, Musee de la Halle Saint Pierre, Paris FR
Unsung Heroes of the American West, Video Happening, SPD, Los Angeles, CA
True Believers: Horror Movies, Strange Tales, Comic Book Worlds and Weirdness, Miniature-Museum, Reflex Museum of

TONIGHT WE WONT BE BORED – 10 YEARS OF V1 GALLERY, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Space // Form, Breeze Block Gallery, Portland, OR
Permanent Collection, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NY
All in for the 99%, Ace Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Casa de Empeño, Anonymous Gallery, Cuauhtémoc, Ciudad de México

Summer Salt, The Proposition, New York, NY
The Emergence of the Pop Imagist, Bonelli Arte Contemporanea. Curated by Jonathan LeVine, Venice, Italy

Come As You Are, PRISM Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Art Shack, Laguna Museum Of Art, Laguna, CA
Art Basel 41, Patrick Painter, Basel, Switzerland
ALBUM, V1 Gallery Copenhagen, Denmark
Incognito, Santa Monica Museum Of Art, Santa Monica, CA
Collection 3, Foundation pour l’art contemporain, Chateau d’Arenthon, Alex, France
Never A Dull Moment, White Walls, SF, San Francisco, CA
To The Road Less Travelled-Wishing You Love and Happiness and Curiosity Forever, V1 Gallery, Denmark
Heaven, The Art of Elysium, Los Angeles, CA

Stages 09 Miami, O.H.W.O.W Gallery, liveSTRONG Foundation, Miami, FL
True Self, Jonathan Le Vine Gallery, New York, NY
DRAW, Shooting Gallery, SF, San Francisco, CA
Art Basel 40, Patrick Painter, Basel, Switzerland
NEW IMAGE ART: 15 Year Anniversary, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Piece Process, Anonymous Gallery, New York, NY
Pieces of Heaven, The Art of Elysium, Los Angeles, CA

Panorama Project 3, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY
Objects D’Art Ostrich Egg Benefit Auction, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA
BLAB!: A Retrospective, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Manhattan, KS
In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna, CA
More is More, Byblos Gallery, Verona, Italy
Opening Exhibition, Part 1: Sloan Fine Art, New York, NY
Heaven, Celebrating Ten Years of The Art of Elysium, Los Angeles, CA

Family Garden, EPS Gallery, Venice Beach, CA
Paper Trails, New Adventures in Drawing, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Exit Art, 25th. Anniversary Benefit Auction, New York, NY
Maximalist Tendencies in Recent American Painting, FSU Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL
The Armory Show, Bellwether Gallery, New York, NY

3rd Annual Benefit Auction, Drawing Center New York, NY
Two by Two, for AIDS and Art, amFAR, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
The Armory Show, Bellwether Gallery, New York, NY
At Home, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI

Visual Language, Mackey Gallery, Houston TX
Mystery Meat, Future Prospects Gallery, Quezon City, Republic of the Philippines
Au Pays des Merveilles, Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris, France
Drawn to Expression, Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, ACCD, Pasadena, CA
The Postcard Project, Improved Foster Art, London, United Kingdom
Move 13, Clementine Gallery, New York, NY
The New Image Art Show, RVCA, Costa Mesa, CA
WPA/C 2005 Art Auction and Gala, Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, DC
Stranger Town, Dinter Fine Art, New York, NY

Tall Stories, Wignall Museum, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Raising The Brow, Earl McGrath Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Raising The Brow, Earl McGrath Gallery, New York, NY
The Drawing Show, Six Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Assembly, Front Room Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
WM3 Benefit Exhibition, Sixspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Burbs, DFN Gallery, New York, NY

Decipher, Eighth Floor Gallery, New York, NY
Project Dime Bag, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Panorama Project, 69a Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Superhero, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Exquisite Day Project, Plus Ultra Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
School Girls, Fish Tank Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Collaborations, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Last Show, Mendenhal Gallery, Pasadena, CA

Move 2, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Tribute to La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica CA