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It is harder to unpick the past than weave the future - Steven Claydon

                                                                                             

For me, painting is porous, it absorbs its surroundings: stains, residues, memories, footprints and energy.

 

I make mixed-media paintings  and speculative, site-specific installations and that collage fabric, metalwork and ceramics. Slow craft processes are interwoven with the ephemera of fast fashion and painting itself. The work takes its cue from alternative modes of display such as bazaars, marketplaces and street montages, materially pregnant with objects and cloth. To walk amongst it is to be part of a tableaux vivant and to traverse temporal thresholds. My process is a form of excavation, a slow reveal of things buried in the mud but also a return of clay pots to the soil.

 

I paint on the floor and walk on my paintings, which are analogous to rugs. I unpick various woven fabrics such as decorator’s dust sheets and canvas to form tassels and fringes. The genesis for this came while I was working for a painter - rolling up her works like carpets and interlacing the layers of gesso was like weaving with a brush. Beneath the canvas, I place other fabrics, which absorb remains and stains from above. My paintings therefore generate other paintings and are tools as much as objects.

EDUCATION

KYOTO CITY UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS EXCHANGE PROGRAMME           22

ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART: PAINTING                                 19 - 21

UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON                                         08 - 11

UCA EPSOM                                                      07 - 08

TEACHING

BATH SPA UNIVERSITY: FINE ART                                  21

UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON: PAINTING                               21

UCA FARNHAM: FINE ART                                          21

UNIVERSITY OF GLOUCESTERSHIRE: FINE ART                        21

 

RESIDENCIES

VILLA LENA RESIDENCY, TUSCANY, ITALY                           21

REFUSE REFUSE, ADAM THE STRAND, LONDON                         21

HIGH HOUSE RESIDENCY/ ANTONY GORMLEY RESIDENCY                 18

SELECT EXHIBITIONS

LOVE STRATA, LYCHEE ONE, LONDON                                UPCOMING

LONDON GRADS NOW 2021, SAATCHI GALLERY                         CURRENT

YIELD, NO 20 ARTS, LONDON                                      CURRENT

ROOM SHARE, SAFE HOUSE 1                                       21

BERMONDSEY ART TRAIL, CELL STUDIOS, LONDON                     21

DISAGIO, VILLA LENA, TUSCANY                                   21

PALIMPSESTS, VILLA LENA, TUSCANY                               21

ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART GRADUATE SHOW, CROMWELL PLACE, LONDON     21

OBJECTS (LOST), TREASURE (FOUND), UNDERGROUND FLOWER, LONDON   21

AFTER HOURS II, BOWES PARRIS GALLERY, LONDON                   21

REFUSE REFUSE, ADAM THE STRAND, LONDON                         21

TALES FROM THE MARKET, EXPORT RADIO, LONDON                    21

BIZARRE BAZAAR, SITUATIONISTS RCA, LONDON                      20

A FISH YOU ALREADY CAUGHT, BATTERSEA PARK, LONDON              20

THE ARTISTS CONTEMPORARY, ONLINE FEATURE                       20

PAINTING TONGUES, SEVEN SISTERS, LONDON                        20

SOCCER STRIKE, BATTERSEA PARK                                  20

SNAPSHOTS, HOCKNEY GALLERY, RCA, LONDON                        20

CONTEMPORARY COLLABORATIONS, RYA, LONDON                       20

WIP SHOW, ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART, LONDON                         20

RCA CHRISTMAS MARKET, LONDON                                   19

PLAYGROUND, VENUE MOT, LONDON                                  19

SPACESHIP. DUNGEON. ZOO, ALVARO BARRINGTON’S STUDIO, LONDON    19

REPURPOSE, WELLS PROJECT SPACE, LONDON                         19

ART FOR ALL, ONE HOE STREET, LONDON BOROUGH OF CULTURE         19

SIMMER, COCK TAVERN, LONDON                                    18

ROYAL ACADEMY 250TH SUMMER EXHIBITION, LONDON                  18

HIGH HOUSE, NORFOLK                                            18

NOW NOW, TAKE COURAGE GALLERY, LONDON                          18

AIR: A SHOW IN THE SKY, HAMPSTEAD HEATH, LONDON                17

DAVID GITANES (SOLO), LIMA ZULU GALLERY, LONDON                16

SIXTY, LUBOMIROV-ANGUS HUGHES, LONDON                          16

TANGLED IN THE BRAMBLES, C4RD, LONDON                          15

QUIRKISM III, GRAPEVINE GALLERY, YORKSHIRE                     15

QUIRKISM II, OVADA + THE CHINA SHOP GALLERY, OXFORD            14

QUIRKISM, FIFTH BASE GALLERY, LONDON                           13

DRAWINGS (SOLO) ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS, LONDON                  12

STATIC DYNAMIC, COPENHAGEN PLACE, LONDON                       12

SILENT MONOLOGUES, THE CRYPT GALLERY, LONDON                   12

TRANSITIONAL MATTERS, DARNLEY ROAD GALLERY, LONDON             11

HACKNEY WICKED, LONDON                                         11

GRADUATE SHOW, UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON, BRIGHTON                11

NOW YOU ARE HERE, UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON, BRIGHTON             10

AWARDS/GRANTS

CONTEMPORARY COLLABORATIONS ART PRIZE, RYA                     20

RA 250TH SUMMER EXHIBITION, SIX EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS          18

DULUX/ AKZONOBEL COLOUR GRANT                                  16

         

PRESS/ PUBLICATIONS

ART MAZE EDITION 21                                            21

GOING LIVE, THE ARTISTS CONTEMPORARY                           21

ONLINE FEATURE, THE ARTISTS CONTEMPORARY                       21

NEW MINDS 2020, DROPOUT MAGAZINE                               20

GOING LIVE, BLUE SHOP COTTAGE                                  20

CONNECT 23, DROPOUT MAGAZINE                                   20

ONLINE FEATURE, THE ARTISTS CONTEMPORARY                       20

ORF EVENING NEWS                                               20

ORF NEWS                                                       20

ORF RADIO                                                      20

FACING fORWARDS PODCAST                                        18 – 19

DROPOUT MAGAZINE                                               19

DROPOUT MAGAZINE                                               17

AESTHETICA MAGAZINE                                            14

THE PILGRIMAGES                                                14

LE COOL                                                        ­­­11