Rob Clayton / Bio
Los Angeles based artist, Rob Clayton, creates work derivative of chaos and complicated machinery. He visually investigates the effects of essentially non-functioning contraptions. These instincts are used to represent, in a deeply abstract way, the current, mendacious and political enigma that we all experience, one way or another. The materials he uses are scaled back representations of labor and antiquated mechanical devices. Plasma cutting and welding create incongruous sculptures that express an acknowledgment of the shadowy side of existence. Oil stick, spray paint, acrylic and mixed media induce a lighter point of view. These works are of contraptions from within his imagination and are operating in his subconscious.
Rob previously worked in a collaborative practice with his brother. He has returned to creating as an independent artist. He currently serves as a full time faculty member at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
1988 | BFA With Honors, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena
1996 to present | Associate Professor, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena CA.
PUBLIC COLLECTIONS / FOUNDATIONS
Madison Museum of Art, Madison; Lancaster Museum of Art and History,Lancaster;
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Weisman Museum of Art, Malibu; The Sweeny Museum, University of California Riverside; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach; Fondation pour l'art contemporain, Château d'Arenthon, Alex, France; Miniature Museum, Amsterdam; Richard J Massey Foundation, New York.
Krooked Skateboards, RVCA, Nike, 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, VH-1, MT
Paul Kopeikin Gallery, Culver City; Sp[a]ce, Pasadena; Eastfield College, Mesquite; Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City; Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison; Château d’Arenthon, Alex, France; Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica; Apama Mackey Gallery, Houston; F2 Gallery, Beijing, China; Bellwether, New York; Mackey Gallery, Art Basel Miami, Miami; Mackey Gallery, Houston.