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Jordan Clayton

Artist member since 2018
Toronto, Ontario

Jordan Clayton is an award-winning artist who specializes in painting and drawing. His work has been exhibited internationally from the very start of his practice and now belongs in several private collections.

His works mean to monumentalize both the unseen and unnoticed through the deliberate construction of abstract worlds that bear an almost kafkaesque melancholy. In using information researched from organisms and objects that exist exclusively on macro and microscopic scales, the work takes on an organic, alien whimsy . The artist is interested in restructuring narratives that intersect between art, science, fiction, and queerness in a melange that forecasts a reality only a few degrees separated from the present. His painted “worlds” employ techniques rooted in abstract and surrealist painting tropes and allow him to create spaces wherein he believes he truly fits as a self-proclaimed oddball.


Work


Inside the Studio


Q+A

Favourite musical artist / band right now

Björk

What do you listen to when you work?

Jazz, disco, electronica, my cats meowing.

Describe the person your work appeals to in 3 words

Someone who likes to take the time to unravel a mystery.

When did you start making art, and why?

My early 20's! I realized I was a bit too weird for reality and felt compelled to start painting my own.

During my breaks, I tend to ...

Catch up on reading.

Favourite medium

Theresa Caputo

Upcoming Exhibitions
October 3rd.

The Power Plant, Toronto, Ontario
Timeraiser 2018

Select Past Exhibitions
2017

Georgina Arts Centre, Georgina, ON
That Which Was, Also Isn't

2018

Beaver Hall, Toronto, ON
Saturate

2018

Studio Sixty Six, Ottawa, ON
Foundations/Futures

2017

Galerie Youn, Montreal, QC
555

2017

Galerie Youn, Montreal, QC
New Work

2016

Galerie Youn, Monteral, QC
A Very Youn(g) Christmas

2016

Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON
WT!DYP

2015

Gladstone Hotel
WT!DYP

2015

Studio Sixty Six, Ottawa, ON
A Dialogue with Taxonomy

2018

New York, NY
Art Takes Soho

2016

Toronto, ON
The Brain Project

Accolades
2016

Commffest International Art and Film Festival
MADA Visual Art Award

2015

Commffest International Art and Film Festival
MADA Visual Art Award

Press
2017

Juried Monograph
Studio Visit Magazine Vol. 35

2017

Print/Web
Art Reveal Magazine, Vol. 30

2018

Juried Monograph
Studio Visit Magazine Vol. 39

2017

Print/Web
ESquared Magazine Vol. 2

Social