Clayton Brothers /   Rob Clayton & Christian Clayton

United States 1996


Clayton Brothers
Rob Clayton & Christian Clayton
United States
February 3, 2015
Music, Gestalt, .

Together, American artists Rob Clayton and Christian Clayton make up the artistic duo known as the Clayton Brothers. Through a symbiotic process of collaboration, they create tightly-packed narratives within vibrant painted canvases, drawing inspiration from nearby shops and businesses, overheard conversations, and intriguing neighbors.They originally worked independently on artistic projects, illustrations, and advertising assignments, and began to contribute to each other’s work in 1996.

Rob Clayton was born in 1963 and his brother Christian in 1967. Both artists earned BFA degrees from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. After spending most of their childhood in Colorado and vacationing frequently in California, the Clayton Brothers were inspired by the aesthetics of surf culture, street art, and punk rock. The Clayton Brothers devise a common goal for a particular piece and work toward it by incorporating their shared interests and techniques.

For these two 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.

Brothers currently share studio space in La Crescenta, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, CA. Their work has been displayed at The Armory Show in New York, the Royal Academy in London, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art in Madison, WI, and Art Basel Miami, and is included in both corporate and private collections. Both Rob and Christian serve as faculty at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

The brothers currently live and work in Passadena (Rob) and South Passadena (Christian), CA.

Year Exhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014Open to the Public Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2014UntitledSaatchi Gallery, London, UKGroup
2013I’m Ok Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Malan, ITSolo
2013Texas Contemporary Art Fair, Houston, TXSolo
2013UntitledTorrance Art Museum, Torrance, CAGroup
2013Miniature-Museum Reflex Museum of Contemporary Art, Amsterdam, NLGroup
2013SpectacleMuseum of the Moving Image, New York, NYGroup
2013Incognito Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2013Wider Than A Postcard Breeze Block Gallery, Portland, ORGroup
2013Direct Address: An Inaugural Group Exhibition Josh Liner Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2013HEY! Part 2 Modern Art and Pop Culture Musee de la Halle Saint Pierre, Paris FRGroup
2013Unsung Heroes of the American West Video Happening, SPD, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2012Clayton Brothers: Inside Out Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CASolo
2012TONIGHT WE WONT BE BORED – 10 YEARS OF V1 GALLERY V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DMGroup
2012Space, Form Breeze Block Gallery, Portland, ORGroup
2012Permanent Collection Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2012All in for the 99% Ace Museum, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2012Casa de Empeño Anonymous Gallery, Cuauhtémoc, Ciudad de MéxicoGroup
2011Clayton Brothers: Inside Out Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WISolo
2011Summer Salt The Proposition, New York, NYGroup
2011The Emergence of the Pop Imagist Bonelli Arte Contemporanea. Curated by Jonathan LeVine, Venice, ItalyGroup
2010Come As You Are PRISM, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010Art Shack Laguna Museum of Art, Laguna, CAGroup
2010Art Basel 41 Patrick Painter, Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2010ALBUM V1, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2010INCOGNITO Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2010COLLECTION 3 Foundation pour l’art contemporain, Château d’Arenthon, Alex, FranceGroup
2010Never a Dull Moment White Walls, San Francisco, CAGroup
2010To The Road Less Travelled – Wishing You Love and Happiness and Curiosity Forever V1, DenmarkGroup
2010HeavenThe Art of Elysium, Los AngelesGroup
2009Jumbo Fruit Patrick Painter Inc, Santa Monica, CASolo
2009Stages 09 Miami, O.H.W.O.W. LiveSTRONG Foundation, Miami, FLGroup
2009True Self Jonathan LeVine, New York, NYGroup
2009Draw Shooting Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2009Art Basel 40 Patrick Painter, Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2009NEW IMAGE ART: 15 Year Anniversary New Image Art, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2009The Piece Process Anonymous, New York, NYGroup
2009Pieces of Heaven The Art of Elysium, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2008As Is Apama Mackey Gallery, Houston, TXSolo
2008Panorama Project 3 Jonathan LeVine, New York, NYGroup
2008Objects D’Art Ostrich Egg Benefit Auction Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CAGroup
2008BLAB!: A Retrospective Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Manhattan, KSGroup
2008In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor Laguna Art Museum, Laguna, CAGroup
2008More is More Byblos, Verona, ItalyGroup
2008Opening Exhibition, Part 1 Sloan Fine Art, New York, NYGroup
2008Heaven Celebrating Ten Years of The Art of Elysium, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2007Patient F2 Gallery, Beijing, ChinaSolo
2007Paper TrailsNew Adventures in Drawing, V1, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2007Exit Art, 25th Anniversary Benefit Auction, New York, NYGroup
2007Maximalist Tendencies in Recent American Painting FSU Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FLGroup
2007The Armory Show Bellwether, New York, NYGroup
2006Wishy Washy Bellweather, New York, NYSolo
20063rd Annual Benefit Auction Drawing Center New York, NYGroup
2006Two by Two for AIDS and Art, amFAR Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TXGroup
2006The Armory Show Bellwether, New York, NYGroup
2006At Home, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WIGroup
2005Visual Language Mackey, Houston, TXGroup
2005Mystery Meat Future Prospects Quezon City, Republic of the PhilippinesGroup
2005Au Pays des Merveilles Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris, FranceGroup
2005Drawn to Expression Alyce de Roulet Williamson, ACCD, Pasadena, CAGroup
2005The Postcard Project Improved Foster Art, London, United KingdomGroup
2005Move 13 Clementine, New York, NYGroup
2005The New Image Art Show RVCA, Costa Mesa, CAGroup
2005WPA,C 2005 Art Auction and Gala, Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, DCGroup
2005Stranger Town Dinter Fine Art, New York, NYGroup
2004Art Statements Mackey Gallery, Art Basel Miami, Miami, FLSolo
2004I Come From Here Mackey Gallery, Houston, TXSolo
2004Tall Stories Wignall Museum, Rancho Cucamonga, CAGroup
2003Six Foot ElevenLa Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2001Solo
2003Green Pastures La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2003Raising The Brow Earl McGrath, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2003The Drawing Show Sixspace, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2003Assembly Front Room, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2003WM3 Benefit Exhibition Sixspace, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2003The Burbs DFN Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2002Decipher Eighth Floor, New York, NYGroup
2002Project Dime Bag New Image Art, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2002The Panorama Project 69a, San Francisco, CAGroup
2002Superhero New Image Art, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2001Collaborations New Image Art, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2001The Last Show Mendenhal, Pasadena, CAGroup
1999Move 2 New Image Art, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1998 Tribute to La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Track 16, Santa Monica, CAGroup