Clayton Brothers

The Clayton Brothers grew up in a small suburb in Colorado. Rob Clayton was born in 1963 and Christian Clayton was born in 1967. Both graduated from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California in 1988 and 1991, respectively. They now serve on the faculty there. The brothers currently share a storefront studio in La Crescenta California. Rob and Christian’s drawings, paintings and installations have been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide. Rob and Christian combined forces in 1996 to execute and collaborate on their shared visions of life beneath the superficial glaze of suburban culture. Using a universal, visual vernacular of superstition, institutional irony, story telling and urban legends, and combining stories from the lives they have witnessed, their paintings and installations hint at past worlds fleetingly glimpsed from train windows and interstate highways. Worlds where souls have crossed paths and stories have been abandoned. Unknown narratives drive the Clayton Brothers. Their paintings are created to tell these overlooked stories and to ultimately reveal their own.

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