Clayton, Jeremy

“From growing up in a very rural natural setting on a lake, living and travelling abroad quite extensively, to having small child and a wife that was diagnosed with a currently incurable cancer this year (2015), I have many experiences and ideas informing my work. I explore themes surrounding both my personal experiences and my interpretation of the human experience in current contemporary society. I am a keen observer of the world around me and am fascinated by human relationships in the context of technology and social media. In a world of 24/7 connectedness, I am intrigued and alarmed at how “social” media have created inner worlds within its users and have actually promoted disconnection, isolation, anxiety, selfishness, and narcissism. I am perplexed at how anonymity and lack of accountability can influence behavior. I am interested in how gadgets and social media have actually replaced face to face interaction and how it is affecting people and society both now and going forward into the future. I am interested in societal infatuation with celebrity and social status and its’ willingness to blindly consume and conform because of persuasive marketing and advertising, even if it proves detrimental to the end user’s health and/or well-being. I care deeply about social issues such as public sector funding, inequality in all of its forms, the complexity of war, and power struggles between political parties, races, religions, and nations. I am very concerned about the environment and the mess that is being left for future generations to clean up. When I am not commenting about the world around me, I draw from my experiences with past relationships, memories of places I have lived, and the people I have interacted with. From the royal families of Kuwait and Bahrain, high powered businessmen in Shanghai and wealthy families in England, to poor farmers and gum sellers in Vietnam, China, and Indonesia, I have been influenced by people from all kinds of cultural, personal, social, and socio-economic backgrounds, and they continue to inform my work. Within my work, I enjoy the use of line, bold and bright colors, and particularly enjoy the processes involved in drawing. I have been influenced by street art and try to draw in a “loose” manner, making decisions intuitively as artworks progress. Other influences on my work are Byzantine Art, stained glass images, mosaics, Aboriginal artworks, and African tribal artworks and masks. I am a very reflective, thoughtful, and analytical person by nature, and try to portray this in my artworks.”

 

Jeremy was born in Minneapolis, USA and currently resides in Devon in the UK.

After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Art with a focus on ceramics and sculpture in 1999, he spent a year in Oregon working with “at-risk” youth in the Cascade mountains and then moved to Shanghai, China in 2000.

It is in Shanghai that Jeremy opened the Hands in Clay Studio in 2001.  From 2001 to 2006, Jeremy made both functional and sculptural artworks and became recognized for his large scale sculptural work.  He took part in shows in his gallery space and other spaces around Shanghai and gained notable attention as the first Western artist to open a ceramic studio in China.  Jeremy took part in a show at the Duolun Contemporary Art Museum in Shanghai, where his work is now part of the permanent collection.  Jeremy sold works to an international clientele from Europe, Scandinavia, Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas.  Jeremy sold Hands in Clay Studio at the end of 2005 and travelled England, Scandinavia, and Europe in 2006.

From 2007 to 2008, Jeremy moved back to the United States to pursue a Master of Education degree at the University of Minnesota.  In 2008, he became qualified to teach Kindergarten through High School Visual Arts and also hold a Teacher Registration Number in England.  Upon completion of his teaching qualification, Jeremy moved abroad and taught Art in American and International Schools in Vietnam, Kuwait, and Bahrain before moving to England in 2013.  During his teaching years, Jeremy remained an active artist and created sculptures, paintings, drawings, and photography.

After teaching GCSE Art and A Level Photography in Worcestershire during the 2013/14 academic year, Jeremy and his wife moved to Topsham in Devon, where Jeremy works primarily with pen, ink, and acrylic on paper.

 

Upcoming Exhibition

2016 June-Art & Ducks Summer Exhibition-Weybridge, Surrey, UK

2016 June to September-Group Exhibition-Le Dame Art Gallery, London, UK

2016 May to June-Finalist-Art Scene Today: Mad, Mad World Online International Juried Competition

2016 March-Group Exhibition-The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London, UK

2016 March-Group Exhibition-Projekt 30-March 2016 Exhibition

2016 February-Group Exhibition-The Oxford International Art Fair, Feb. 26-28, Oxford, UK

2016 March to June-Group Exhibition-Le Dame Art Gallery, London, UK

2016 February- Honorable Mention-International Juried Competition-Artist Portfolio Magazine: 5 Year Anniversary Issue

2016 February- 2016: All Paintings Competition, Contemporary Art Gallery Online

2016 January-Special Recognition for Artwork “Distract Me From Myself”-Upstream People Gallery 17th Online International Art Exhibition, Nebraska, USA

2015 November-1st Place Prize-Group Exhibition-“Art Inspired by World Toilet Day”, The Nude Tin Can Gallery, St. Albans, UK

2015 October-Group Exhibition-“Works on Paper”, The Brick Lane Gallery, London, UK

2015 Group Exhibition-The Amsterdam International Art Fair, Amsterdam, Holland

2015 August-Group Exhibition-“Works on Paper”, The Brick Lane Gallery, London, UK